Maisie Williams plays Arya Stark in Game of Thrones and is one of the actors whose face is part of a new test of face recognition skills.
Facial recognition is a crucial skill, but difficult to test accurately. Researchers are taking advantage of the popularity of Game of Thrones to test the limits of our ability to identify a familiar face.
One of these people is on a wanted list for theft. A super-recogniser may pick them at a glance.
Even the world’s best available training – used to train police, border control agents and other security personnel – does not compensate for natural talent in face recognition.
Students tested on their ability to tell whether two images were of the same person were wrong 30% of the time.
Same person or different person? Most people are extremely good at recognising faces of people they know well, but not so much strangers. See how well you perform on the tests in this story.
CCTV cameras are becoming a “normal” feature of public life, tracking peoples’ movements as a matter of course.
As CCTV cameras become more widespread, it's becoming more difficult for people to protect their locational privacy in public.
Sorry, but you are…?
We're working on a 'cure' for congenital prosopagnosia.
How keen is your eye?
Some people have a remarkable aptitude for recognising a face – are you one of them?
Face blind or super-recogniser?
As many as one in 50 people are face blind, meaning they can't tell one face from another.
The Brazilian’s death showed a major human weakness.
The death of the Brazilian electrician at the hands of the Metropolitan Police was a notorious case of mistaken identity. The same thing would probably happen today.