“People don’t want to believe that humans could be better than a machine.”
A Guardian story today about what life is like as a "super-recognizer," someome who's exceptionally good at remembering faces...
She still enjoys looking at faces – the use of face masks during the pandemic is providing a fun challenge. Most of the time she can still recognise a person even if they’re wearing one – and the diagnosis has given her “confidence in my abilities.” “It made me realise: oh yeah, it’s not crazy – I must have been right the whole time. It’s not that I’m creepy, but my brain is just wired that way.”
...reminded us of the much more robust New Yorker article from 2016 about facial-recognizing pros in London, and it's still great.
“Every identification we make is effectively a cold case. We’re unique. There’s no precedent for what we’re doing.”