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Identical Twins Crack Face Recognition Puzzle

For a fleeting moment, Mohamed Atta appeared on an airport security camera minutes before he boarded one of the planes which crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Was there any way the camera or its operator would have been able to identify Atta as a suspect before he hijacked and flew the first of two planes into the twin towers? Israelis Michael and Alex Bronstein think they have the answer. The computer whiz-kids — 22-year-old identical twins almost impossible to tell apart — have applied a new technology to recognizing faces in a way that may yet revolutionize international security. “I said it to them as a joke: if you succeed in building a system that can distinguish between the two of you, you’ll get (a grade of) 100,” the twins’ professor, Ron Kimmel of the Technion Institute in Haifa, told Reuters. “They succeeded and got 100. They are brilliant.” Full Story

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