Google+ Photos Facial Recognition Recognizes The Justices and their Drawings

July 27th, 2015

Google+ Photos has a cool (and slightly creepy) feature that automatically groups together all of the photographs of an individual person. The facial recognition technology is remarkable. Somehow, it knew that my grandfather in 1965 (at my Dad’s Bar Mitzvah) and my grandfather at the age of 92 were the same person. It even works if a person is wearing sunglasses, a hat, and a different haircut.

Perhaps even more impressively, Google was able to match photographs of the Justices with drawings of the Justices. (What, you don’t have pictures of the Justices in your photo library?).

Specifically, Google matched the portrait of Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan with their actual photographs.

Here you can see the side-by-side comparisons for Kagan with her portrait that now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.




Google also matched up the Portrait with a picture of a CSPAN Broadcast of McCutcheon v. FEC that included RBG’s drawing on CSPAN.


In case you were curious, I took the photo at a then-closing Blockbuster Video (you can see the DVDs below the TV), most for posterity’s sake–don’t ask why I take pictures of these things).

Even cooler, Google matched up a picture of RBG with an authentic Art Lien sketch. How’s that for realistic!



Perhaps the coolest link is that Google matched RBG’s High School Yearbook with a photo of her four decades later as a Justice.