Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Big Brother cameras on watch for criminals", by Martin Kasindorf, USA Today, 2 August 2001.

"Like fingerprinting and DNA analysis, face-recognition technology is a formof biometrics, the science of identifying people by unique physicalcharacteristics. The automated software measures 80 facial features,converts them into a mathematical formula and searches the database for amatch." The bulk of the article discusses how this new technology hassparked debates on public safety vs. privacy concerns.

--- Annette Emerson

American Mathematical Society