Answer Key: FRT

The Two Sides of Facial Recognition Technology

II. While Reading


Word Inference

  1. surveillance |sərˈvāləns|-noun-close observation, esp. of a suspected spy or criminal: he found himself put under surveillance by military intelligence.
  2. immigrants |ˈimigrənt|-noun-a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country.
  3. rely |riˈlī|-verb ( relies, relying, relied ) [ no obj. ] (rely on/upon)-depend on with full trust or confidence: I know I can rely on your discretion.
  4. ambitious |amˈbiSHəs|-adjective-having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed: his mother was hard-working and ambitious for her four children.
  5. mugshot-noun- informal-a photograph of a person’s face made for an official purpose, esp. police records.
  6. advocate-noun |ˈadvəkit|-a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy: he was an untiring advocate of economic reform.
  7. gait |gāt|-noun-a person’s manner of walking: the easy gait of an athlete.
  8. breakthrough |ˈbrākˌTHro͞o|-noun-a sudden, dramatic, and important discovery or development: a major breakthrough in DNA research.
  9. manhunt |ˈmanˌhənt|-noun-an organized search for a person, esp. a criminal.
  10. obscure |əbˈskyo͝or|- verb [ with obj. ]-keep from being seen; conceal: gray clouds obscure the sun.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension

True / False/ NA

  1. T- Civil liberties advocates worry video technology could be used to track people on the street regardless of whether they’re suspected of a crime.
  2. F-The purpose for analyzing a person’s gait is to get clues as to whether they’re carrying a bomb.
  3. T- Machine vision techniques can now  link images of the same person across different video cameras or spot behaviors that are out of the ordinary for a certain setting.
  4. NA- Major cities in the US now have video cameras in all areas.
  5. F-Current facial-recognition technology has its limits… These technologies remain in their infancy.
  6. F- It’s likely that the breakthroughs in the case were made by sharp-eyed investigators.
  7. NA-The suspects in the bombing had signed up for the Boston Marathon a few days earlier.
  8. T- At this point, people are better at  recognizing faces faces better than machines.
  9. NA-Video cameras are now installed in all major airports.
  10. T- The ability to instantly recognize the face of an acquaintance, is part of what makes us  a sociable species.

 Grammar Focus

Structure and Usage

I-3-These technologies remain in their infancy.

II-2-This system will include iris scans, voice recognition, and facial-recognition software.

III-3-Programmers are developing machine vision techniques.

IV. Listening Activity   

While Listening

Comprehension Check

  1. T- The company NEC  has developed a Facial recognition technology  with the ability to estimate customers’ ages, genders, and how often they visit  a store.
  2. F- The data includes the dates and times the customers visit stores.
  3. T-The data is then accumulated and use to analyze trends in customer behavior.
  4. NA-The FRT can also distinguish eye and hair color of customers.
  5. F- The only equipment required are a regular PC and a video camera.
  6. F- The service can also detect customers who have visited a particular store several times.
  7. F- The technology uses a face recognition technology called NeoFace.
  8. T- Face data is encrypted in real time.
  9. F- There’s no risk that face data will be inadvertently disclosed.
  10. T- The service costs 880 dollars per month.