hardmaru @hardmaru research scientist at google brain tokyo Apr. 22, 2019 1 min read

We're living in a cyberpunk future:

“Fooling automated surveillance cameras: adversarial patches to attack person detection”  https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.08653 

Demo of generating adversarial patches against YOLOv2  https://youtu.be/MIbFvK2S9g8 

William Gibson (@GreatDismal) wrote of the “ugly T-shirt” in his books, a T-shirt so ugly with pieces of faces on it that the facial recognition in CCTV cameras doesn’t log the data, kind of a backdoor.

“Surveillance cameras can all see it, but then they forget they’ve seen it.”

While printing this pattern on a T-shirt might be good for a fashion item, it’s going to be useless against any system that doesn’t deploy variants of YOLOv2. In the future, your adversarial outfits will also need to be adaptable in real-time.

I would've preferred a less attention-grabbing bag to flash disruptive adversarial images in the wild...


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