These are not for the faint of heart.
If you’re looking to bypass Madison Square Garden’s enemy list, do we have a brand for you. Italian clothing line, Cap_able, has just released a collection of over-the-top knitwear, all designed with the goal of tricking facial recognition software – no face painting or mask required.
The trick? Scratched images of dogs, zebras and giraffes, woven into the fabric with the specific goal of testing facial scanning algorithms to identify the wrong species.
“In a world where data is the new oil,” reads the company’s website, “Cap_able addresses the issue of privacy, opening up the discussion on the importance of protecting against the misuse of biometric identity cameras: a growing problem more present in our daily lives, which would involve citizens around the world, and which, if neglected, could dilute human rights including freedom of expression, association, and free movement in public spaces .”
A luxury dystopia
The collection – called “Manifesto”, an unsurprising title and a nod to that passionate mission statement – was designed as part of co-founder Rachele Didero’s doctoral studies at the University of Milan, and tested using a facial recognition system called YOLO , according to New Atlas.
While certain masks and face painting techniques work against facial recognition software, we see the appeal — as did the famous sci-fi author William Gibson — of sweatpants or a sweater, or maybe a sweater dress long, as another method. beat the AI-based system. Although this is the future of fashion, be warned: the patterns of the carefully knitted clothes, designed very specifically to trick the AI software, are pretty loud, uh.
And as New Atlas points out, there are some more technical caveats. After all, those who implement the software – authoritarian governments, billionaires eager for fame, et cetera – could easily train the machines to recognize Cap_able’s chaos jumpers.
It’s also not an affordable way to beat the system; just a t-shirt costs over $300 a pop, and it’s on sale. We may have to stick with Juggalo paint for now.
READ MORE: Italy’s shocking clothing beats face recognition without masks [New Atlas]