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Mythhorn showed me this:

US scientists have developed a software algorithm that creates a physical key based solely on a picture, regardless of angle or distance.

The project, called Sneakey, was developed to warn people about the dangers of haphazardly placing keys in the open or posting images of them online.

"People will post pictures with their credit cards but with the name and number greyed out," says Professor Stefan Savage of University of California, San Diego (UCSD), who helped develop the software. "They should have the same sensitivity with their keys."


http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/200...mp;topic=latest
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It's really amazing we can capture that much detail these days from just a photo. If you think about it, it's scary how easy it is to steal from people these days with the help of the internet.

On the other side of the coin though, I see this same kind of technology being used to possibly help locate missing children by automatically looking for their faces in public facing cameras out there. I think one of the shows I watch occasionally put it best when they said "It's like living in the future."
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I suppose this technology also means that as long as you keep a digital picture of all your important keys, you'll always be able to create a spare. Of course, if you're going to go through all that trouble, it might be better just to have a set pre-crafted and stashed somewhere.... and if you've lost your keys, you might be changing your locks anyway.

Regardless, still good to know what kind of information to obscure if you wanted to be secure.




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