Answer key: Facial Recognition

Lesson Plan: Life in the Age of Facial Recognition”

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. verify |ˈverəˌfī|-verb (verifies, verifying, verified) [ with obj. ]make sure or demonstrate that (something) is true, accurate, or justified: his conclusions have been verified by later experiments | [ with clause ] : “Can you verify that the guns are licensed?”
  2. breakthrough |ˈbrākˌTHro͞o| noun-a sudden, dramatic, and important discovery or development: a major breakthrough in DNA research.
  3. encode |inˈkōdenˈkōd| verb [ with obj. ]convert into a coded form.Computing convert (information or an instruction) into a particular form: the amount of time required to encode a WAV file to MP3 format.
  4. notion |ˈnōSH(ə)n| noun- a conception of or belief about something: children have different notions about the roles of their parents | I had no notion of what her words meant.
  5. Biometric data is a general term used to refer to any computer data that is created during a biometric process.
  6. forgo |fôrˈɡōfərˈɡō| (also forego) verb (forgoes, forgoing, forwent; past participle forgone) [ with obj. ]omit or decline to take (something pleasant or valuable); go without: she wanted to forgo the dessert and leave while they could.
  7. recognition |ˌrekəɡˈniSH(ə)n| noun- the action or process of recognizing or being recognized, in particular:• identification of a thing or person from previous encounters or knowledge: she saw him pass by without a sign of recognition.
  8. FBI |ˈˌef ˌbē ˈī|abbreviation -Federal Bureau of Investigation. an agency of the US federal government that deals principally with internal security and counter-intelligence and that also conducts investigations in federal law enforcement. It was established in 1908 as a branch of the Department of Justice, but was substantially reorganized under the controversial directorship (1924–72) of J. Edgar Hoover.
  9. identity|ˌīˈden(t)ədē| noun (pl. identities) 1 the fact of being who or what a person or thing is: he knows the identity of the bombers | she believes she is the victim of mistaken identity.
  10. biased |ˈbīəst| adjective-unfairly prejudiced for or against someone or something: we will not tolerate this biased media coverage.

Reading Comprehension

People spend much of their waking lives, in the office and the courtroom as well as the bar and the bedroom, reading faces, for signs of attraction, hostility, trust and deceit. They also spend plenty of time trying to dissimulate.

 Grammar Focus

Relationships might become more rational, but also more transactional. Laws against discrimination can be applied to an employer screening candidates’ images. Suppliers of commercial face-recognition systems might submit/to audits, to demonstrate that their systems are not propagating bias unintentionally. Firms that use such technologies should be held accountable. Such rules cannot alter the direction of travel, however.