For an unknown face, the system searches through a database of 146m images, culled from 50,000 BBC News programmes in around 30 seconds.

Once a face has been learnt by the system future searches will only take a few seconds. Oxford’s research suggests that faster performance on much bigger databases would be straightforward, so we’re hopeful their approach could scale to the whole of the BBC archive in time.

I wonder if turning such a tool on it self would surface some uncomfortable Operation Yewtree connections from within the Beeb…

More at… Face recognition and new ways to search the archive