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Robots ruin the fun of ‘Where’s Waldo?’ with facial recognition

By Jess Joho

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Where do we draw the line with robots? When they become murderous blind dogs? Autonomous Peeping Toms that watch your children? Or movie stars that make us cry over Transformers trailers?

Maybe the final straw is when they start ruining our childhoods, as the There’s Waldo robot seems determined to do.

Built by the creative ad agency Redpepper, the Google machine learning-driven robot utilizes facial recognition to absolutely dominate the classic, analog hidden image game. And honestly, it’s kind of rude.

In a video that seems to mock the pathetic ineptitude of all humanity, There’s Waldo finds the sneaky bespectacled cartoon man in a whopping 4.5 seconds. When it finishes scanning each face on the page, its silicon hand points to Waldo with an implied attitude of, “You morons.” …

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