Over-zealous Google fuzz artists

Liz and I head to Europe for a month early in August. We’re spending a week in Venice and I’ve beeen making good use of Google Maps to familiarise myself with the city. This afternoon I visited Caffè Florian in St Mark’s Square. This famous 18th century coffee house has been given the Google Streetview treatment, both indoors and outdoors.

Google has a policy of fuzzing the faces of people in the street so they are unrecognisable. Florian’s walls are lined with ancient portraits and guess what, Google has made them anonymous too!


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2 Responses to Over-zealous Google fuzz artists

  1. Peter MacGibbon says:

    It is a little strange, but I expect they have a face recognition thing that does it automatically and it doesn’t tell the difference.Not that I would have thought it hard to do so. Eg by detecting a frame.

  2. jmacg says:

    It may well be an ‘automatic’ problem. However, Google’s art museums ‘see inside’ tours of art museums don’t fuzz the faces. See http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/collections?projectId=art-project

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