Facial recognition technology first appeared in 1624, when Sir William Pecklesby wrote in candle wax “That’s you!” on a mirror at a London salon.
In the 1950s, researcher Thomas Rotter nearly developed artificial intelligence that would accurately recognize faces up to 97.6% of the time, but he got frustrated a week too early and left the field to work on microwaveable brownies. He had more success there, introducing the dessert to TV dinners in 1958.
Apple plans to introduce facial recognition technology in its next iPhone, which will only unlock when the correct face is in front of its camera. Apple’s R&D department estimates this will increase suburban beheadings related to robberies by somewhere between .00001% and 543.6%.
In the 1990s, MIT experimented with facial recognition technology that was too sensitive. For example, the AI was unable to recognize someone if a new pimple appeared on his face. This was a big problem at MIT in the 1990s.
The DeLorean in Back to the Future originally used facial recognition technology to time travel, but the producers thought it was unrealistic.