As many voice concerns about Facebook’s face recognition strategy Tim O’Reilly thinks it might be the best way to open up a technology that will be used whether we like it or not.

Face recognition is here to stay. My question is whether to pretend that it doesn’t exist, and leave its use to government agencies, repressive regimes, marketing data mining firms, insurance companies, and other monolithic entities, or whether to come to grips with it as a society by making it commonplace and useful, figuring out the downsides, and regulating those downsides.

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