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Our Biometric FutureFacial Recognition Technology and the Culture of Surveillance$
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Kelly A. Gates

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732090

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732090.001.0001

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(p.191) Conclusion
Our Biometric Future

Kelly A. Gates

NYU Press

This concluding chapter argues that although there is a physiological dimension to visual perception, there is no universal way of seeing and of seeing the face. Also, while certain technical developments have created both the possibility and areas of need for automated face perception, the conditions of possibility for these technologies cannot be reduced to those technical developments alone. Instead, automated face perception technologies take their place in a long history of representational practices of the face, and both the roles these technologies perform and the forms they take can only be adequately understood in relationship to that history. In other words, the automation of face perception is inextricably tied to a set of historically and culturally contingent political priorities, institutional practices, and social conventions.

Keywords:   visual perception, automated face perception, face perception technologies, face representation

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