Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The Situation Online: John Lennon, facial recognition


Historian Jon Wiener first requested documents in 1981. He later filed suit against the U.S. government.

Justice and John Lennon
Why was the FBI keeping tabs on John Lennon in the 1970's? That question has been at the heart of a decades-long legal battle between a historian and the U.S. Justice Department. Now, after twenty-five years, never-before-seen secret government files on the former Beatle are publicly available online.

The future of image searching
Searching for pictures on the Internet has always been trickier than searching for words or phrases. Among the results of a Google Image search for Wolf Blitzer, for example, are images of fish, buffalo, hip-hop star Kanye West, and even CNN Commentator Jack Cafferty. But scouring the Web for photos of people could soon become easier, thanks to new facial recognition technology that could hit your desktop as early as next year. Click here to watch a video demonstration on how Wolf Blitzer's face can be digitally mapped with this new web search technology.

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