TED Radio Hour We think our faces are our own. But technology can use them to identify, influence and mimic us. This week, TED speakers explore the promise and peril of turning the human face into a digital tool.

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TED Radio Hour: What's in a Face
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What's in a Face: How technology uses our faces

We think our faces are our own. But technology can use them to identify, influence and mimic us. This week, TED speakers explore the promise and peril of turning the human face into a digital tool.

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How facial recognition allowed the Chinese government to target minority groups

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