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Published on December 13th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Facial recognition technology used to look for a Taylor Swift stalker

Back on May 18 before a gig at the Rose Bowl, fans of Taylor Swift gathered in front of a video screen showing Tay-Tay in rehearsal. What they didn’t know is that their pictures were quietly being taken and then sent back to a command post in Nashville for analysis.

Why? To catch a stalker.

Swift has had a number of issues with crazy fans trying to track her down. In the case of the Rose Bowl, the photos of those watching the rehearsal footage had their images cross-referenced with a database of known stalkers. 

Live Nation has a big stake in a company called Blink Identity, which wants to use facial recognition AI as a way of verifying the identity of people with tickets to gigs. It’s claimed that the software can tell who you are in about half a second.

The hope (they say) is move people through admission gates faster and more efficiently. No more scanning of tickets. Your face is your ticket. 

There are other uses, too. Think how fast you could get a beer at a concert if you only had to glance at a camera to pay.

Privacy concerns? You bet. But this could be the future of concert-going tech. Read more at Rolling Stone.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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