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!
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.
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