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Our Biometric Future: Facial Recognition Technology and the Culture of Surveillance (Critical Cultural Communication) Hardcover – 1 Feb 2011


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"A groundbreaking study. Our Biometric Future considers facial recognition technology through its wide range of political entanglements, such as post-9/11 security measures, the management of urban populations in commercial districts, and self-representation in online social networking sites. Across these contexts, Gates shows how facial recognition's political effects have developed in spite of the fact that the technology does not actually work very well. Written with style and wit, Our Biometric Future will resonate with readers in cultural studies, new media, science and technology studies, and anyone interested in surveillance, privacy and security in contemporary life."
)-(Jonathan Sterne), (McGill University, author of "The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction" and "MP3: The Meaning of a Format")

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"Gates deftly explores the cultural work performed by facial recognition technologies, and in so doing demonstrates considerable skill in the critical analysis of emergent technologies. This book represents a significant contribution to our understanding about the ongoing elaboration of surveillance society throughout the globe."
)-(Anne Balsamo), (University of Southern California, author of "Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women" and "Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work")

"Gates deftly explores the cultural work performed by facial recognition technologies, and in so doing demonstrates considerable skill in the critical analysis of emergent technologies. This book represents a significant contribution to our understanding about the ongoing elaboration of surveillance society throughout the globe."-Anne Balsamo, University of Southern California, author of "Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Wo

"A groundbreaking study. Our Biometric Future considers facial recognition technology through its wide range of political entanglements, such as post-9/11 security measures, the management of urban populations in commercial districts, and self-representation in online social networking sites. Across these contexts, Gates shows how facial recognition's political effects have developed in spite of the fact that the technology does not actually work very well. Written with style and wit, Our Biometric Future will resonate with readers in cultural studies, new media, science and technology studies, and anyone interested in surveillance, privacy and security in contemporary life."-Jonathan Sterne, McGill University, author of "The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction" and "

"Given its spotty track record, it's hard to see why facial recognition technology has so quickly become one of the most widely used forms of biometrics (second only to fingerprints). Kelly Gates' Our Biometric Future, a thorough exploration of FRT's relatively short history, provides some clues...[an] impressive book."-"London Review of Books",

"This work is a fascinating, timely investigation of the cultural practices and institutional priorities surrounding automated face perception technologies"-C. Tappert, "Choice"

"Gates deftly explores the cultural work performed by facial recognition technologies, and in so doing demonstrates considerable skill in the critical analysis of emergent technologies. This book represents a significant contribution to our understanding about the ongoing elaboration of surveillance society throughout the globe."-Anne Balsamo, author of "Technologies of the Gendered Body"

"Given its spotty track record, it's hard to see why facial recognition technology has so quickly become one of the most widely used forms of biometrics (second only to fingerprints). Kelly Gates' Our Biometric Future, a thorough exploration of FRT's relatively short history, provides some clues...[an] impressive book."-"London Review of Books"

Gates deftly explores the cultural work performed by facial recognition technologies, and in so doing demonstrates considerable skill in the critical analysis of emergent technologies. This book represents a significant contribution to our understanding about the ongoing elaboration of surveillance society throughout the globe. -Anne Balsamo, author of "Technologies of the Gendered Body""

A groundbreaking study. Our Biometric Future considers facial recognition technology through its wide range of political entanglements, such as post-9/11 security measures, the management of urban populations in commercial districts, and self-representation in online social networking sites. Across these contexts, Gates shows how facial recognition's political effects have developed in spite of the fact that the technology does not actually work very well. Written with style and wit, Our Biometric Future will resonate with readers in cultural studies, new media, science and technology studies, and anyone interested in surveillance, privacy and security in contemporary life. -Jonathan Sterne, McGill University, author of "The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction" and ""

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Kelly A. Gates is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and the Science Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego.

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HASH(0x9894b1a4) out of 5 stars Excellent discussion of biometrics from the point of view of a media and communications scholar 4 Dec. 2014
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This is an engaging look at an increasingly important topic in our current society. Gates sees biometrics from the perspective of a communications and media scholar who is interested in representation, and does a good job of tracing the histories of biometrics and discussing the limitations and affordances of this technology, which we tend to accept as objective. I particularly liked her point about facial recognition technology shifting the role of the human face from communication to an indexical sign of identity - as well as (with expression analysis) a site of affect. This is an important book as we see this technology slipping into so many levels of society, taken for granted.
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