Detroit Think-Tank turns to crowd-funding in search of completion capital for it’s controversial new search engine designed to locate photographs anywhere on the Internet
RSMPS is a unique and powerful search engine designed to locate photographs anywhere on the Internet. What makes this particular search engine of great concern to privacy rights advocates, is the engine’s unique ability to not only locate a picture anywhere on the Web, but it’s been reported that the technology can also identify the individuals that appear in the search subject’s photographs as well.
"Digital Indexing, allows us to locate a photo, but we are also able locate other photographs that contain the subject(s) of the original photo we searched for. we will never store the names of people that appear in (subject) photographs. These individuals are identified by the websites and social media platforms they frequent. We chose Crowd-funding as opposed to a traditional IPO, or Government Grant, so that we can maintain our vision, and prevent violations of personal privacy." - TNR PR
A small technology “Think-Tank” from a quiet little town in Detroit, is making a lot of noise. “Three Nerds in a Room” is comprised of a group of Professional Photographers, Video Editors, Surveillance Specialists, and Dog Rescuers. They all have one thing in common, “a love of the internet.”
The head of the group is a retired two-time Gold Medalist Ice-Skater. She describes the group as, “Private, but not secretive.”
Hardly a group that would be a threat to giant search engines like Google, right? - Not sure. The group operates under the same grassroots principals that launched Google. Three Nerds in a Room is hardly a corporate giant, that mines the globe for human resources like Google, but that doesn’t mean they don’t own a shovel. When they need an engineer, or an IT expert, they hire one. It’s this type of philosophy, and what they refer to as, “group thinking”, that has yielded some pretty innovative concepts in IT Technology.
Over the next year, Three Nerds in a Room, plans to launch a proprietary, new Search Engine Technology called, “Reverse Social Media Photo Search”, or RSMPS, for short.
The proprietary RSMPS Engine is a web-based platform by which individual users can search the internet for a particular photo, or a series of photos, based upon a digital “sample photo” uploaded to the site.
Once uploaded, a photograph is digitally scanned utilizing a two prong process. The first process reduces the image to a mathematical expression based on the pattern and shade of the pixels. This, they refer to as the, “Subject Photo Algorithm”.
The second process, they refer to as a “UPI” scan. “UPI” refers to UNIQUE PHYSICAL IDENTIFIERS. A “UPI” scan measures the distance between key facial features of a subject, and digitally separates a subjects face, from the rest of the photograph.
What appears to make their engine unique is, as it searches for a particular photo or video, it is continuously indexing all of the Digital Media it comes across. This makes each new search faster than the last.
RSMPS utilizes Facial Recognition Technology filters, to identify, and match the same subject in multiple photos, and then finds photos on the internet, that contain the same individual.
Three Nerds in a Room is not interested in going through the IPO process for continued funding, and they will not accept any Corporate Influence (money) over their research. The most important thing to them is keeping the technology free to the general public. In as such, they have launched a “Crowd-Funding” campaign on Rockethub. The link to their project can be found here.
Whether their technology will be warmly embraced by all, or it will provoke an outcry from Internet Privacy Advocates, one thing is certain, the days of being able to pass yourself off on the internet as someone other than who you really are, are over.
Is this a good thing?
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