Future Faces (Updated)

July 12, 2015

There's more to your face than what you see in the mirror. Your face can be used to identify you -- which is why the NSA and corporations are spending millions on new facial recognition software. Meanwhile, surgeons who perform facial transplant surgery are developing a whole new understanding of how your face shapes your identity. In this hour, we talk with surgeons, artists, models, software experts, and photographers about the future of the face.

  1. The NSA Wants Your Faceprint - Do You Know Why?

    Did you hear the news about the NSA collecting thousands of photos of faces every day, as part of a facial recognition effort? The New York Times' Natasha Singer gives us an update on the state of facial recognition.

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  2. Artist Uses Makeup To Fool Surveillance Cameras

    So if you want to protect your privacy when you’re online or on the street, what do you do? Photographer Adam Harvey is developing a DIY solution...

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  3. Former Model Tells The Story Of Her Face

    One future that most of face is seeing someone in the mirror we don’t quite recognize. Here’s Donna McNeil’s story about facing aging.

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  4. Meet The Surgeon Behind The World's First Complete Facial Transplant

    There’s an emerging option for people with severe facial disfigurements. The first facial transplant happened in France in 2006. Since then about 30 people have undergone the grueling surgery. In 2012, Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez led a team at the University of Maryland Medical Center that attempted the most extensive face transplant yet.

    You can also listen to the extended interview with Dr. Rodriguez.

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  5. Photographer Faces His Future

    Phil Toledano was worried about the future.  So he decided to look it in the face.  He took a DNA test and hired a special effects makeup artist to help him become different versions of his future self.  Then he staged photos.  They're the subject of a new book, MAYBE, and a new film. 

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