Time Machine Filter

Time Machine Filter
Object date 2019
Place of Origin USA
Designer Snapchat
Manufacturer Snap Inc.
Materials AR technology applied to a smartphone app

by student Katriina Kenttämies

Face filters are examples of the growing liminal space between ‘real’ and ‘fake,’ human and nonhuman. In a posthuman world the virtual is just as ‘real’ as the physical. It is no longer considered deceptive, but a form of self-expression. After all, the technology is called ‘augmented reality.’ The popularity of filters has led to a boom in facial recognition software, providing endless amounts of free data for the technology to improve in accuracy. This software is already being used by law-enforcement across the globe to surveil their own citizens. Facial recognition is a form of biometric authentication which was developed to improve user security and decrease identity theft. But who is this technology really protecting today?

Techno Window. (2019). How to Use Snapchat Time Machine Filter. https://www.cnet.com/how-to/snapchats-time-machine-ar-lens-creepily-shows-what-youll-look-like-old/

Video

Snapchat (November 21 2019). Introducing Time Machine. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZTX302mNw4


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