MegaPixels

Have you ever wondered which celebrity you most resemble? The same technology that powers facial-recognition surveillance can also identify your famous doppelgänger. Facial-recognition systems are now installed in airports, sporting arenas and border checkpoints and are fuelled by algorithms that have been trained to recognise your facial features. They can also estimate your age, mood and even your IQ, based on a remarkably small amount of visual detail. Those algorithms are constantly being trained with datasets containing millions of pictures of faces – some of them harvested from social media sites without their users’ consent. Is your face one of them? The MegaPixels project lets you visually query yourself. By simply posing for a photo, you get a thermal print-out of your best-matched face, based on the facial recognition training databases currently in use today, along with other estimated data about your gender and emotional state.