The ten years challenge is taking over the internet. Everyone is posting silly pictures of themselves from ten years ago and compare them with how they look today. While this might sound like a fun challenge, there’s a good reason to why shouldn’t try it.
As we all know by now, social media platforms are training their AI (artificial intelligence) technology to study people and learn everything there is to know about them. Therefore, people who participate in the ten years challenge are making it much easier for Facebook and Instagram to create user profiles and identify people.
“The Ten Years Challenge” Theory
As previously mentioned, this challenge is taking over the internet. Memes are a big a part of the internet nowadays and therefore, everyone wants to be funny and get likes so they create their own ten years challenge. Little do these people know, Facebook’s AI technology could analyze the picture and then use it to identify them in all recorded pictures.
In addition, there are people who use pictures of cartoons or movie characters as their profile photo instead of themselves and by joining in the ten years challenge, they show their “true” face to Facebook.
Data Mining to Train Facial Recognition Algorithms
We have to mention that the first person to realize that the ten years challenge might be something else than what it seems is Kate O’Neill from Wired when she said that she “ponders how all this data could be mined to train facial recognition algorithms on age progression and age recognition.”
While this theory behind the ten years challenge might seem like the plot of a futuristic movie, it could be true. Although, this is just speculation and we have no way of knowing if Facebook is indeed using it’s AI technology to mine data for facial recognition software so it might be just a simple meme in the end.