It actually does kind of look like a toaster.
It appears to me that this mostly fools whole-image classification algorithms. If the system performs object segmentation first and then applies classification to each object in the scene, this method is unlikely to be effective.
One can paste such a sticker on top of the face or other objects to be disguised and it might reduce recognition accuracy a bit, but applying some “paint-in” algorithms to fill in the blank covered by the sticker would basically remove its effect. That is unless it is used to cover some prominent features, although that is often unpractical in many circumstances.
I think that the technical term for these should be "squirrels".
A potential application of this could be some kind of “privacy sticker” that you’d wear on your hat or your face in order to disable automated facial recognition systems.
Psychedelic stickers that interfere with one specific model used in AI image recognition.
If necessary, next week these system can learn to ignore these.
It's pretty funny seeing this post directly under this: "Beijing bets on facial recognition in a big drive for total surveillance"
I guess we'll see people sticking these on their faces?
These are the types of fun details that are totally going to be part of future history lessons (no matter which direction, positive or negative, all of this is heading towards).
That reminds of the old days when automatic "self-learning" SPAM classification began.
Back then, spammers sent deliberately gibberish messages. The goal was that users (rightfully) marked those as SPAM, somehow disturbing the machine learning and thus weakening the overall SPAM recognition.
Alas, I don't know if this was actually working, and if so, how large the effect was. This would be an interesting bit of history.
When I saw the "oily" legs on reddit I was curious if such an illusion could be used to fool AI camera surveillance. The recent article on China's surveillance network came to mind.
Oily legs illusion https://i.imgur.com/14U9rqn.jpg
Interestingly, William Gibson includes something very much like this as a plot point at the end of "Zero History."