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Doppelganger Series + Face Search Engines

I’ve long been interested in doppelgangers. Using modern face search engines, you may be able to find one or more of yours. It makes sense that some people would look alike, with so many of us on the planet. There is also the interesting fact that everyone alive today is a genetic cousin of everyone else.


Canadian photographer François Brunelle puts together this series of strange coincidences. Unrelated, total strangers to each other, he sought out pairs who looked uncannily alike and shot them side by side. The series entitled, ‘I’m Not a Look-Alike!’, came from an obsession with the idea that everyone on earth has a doppelganger, with the hope of shooting 200 couples and turning the results into a book and exhibition. While some are a little bit of a stretch others definitely fall under the ‘Twilight Zone’ Category. Judge for yourself, ‘classic’ poses and all, in the gallery.

more here: Doppelganger Series

Face search engines exist, and while the best ones are probably only available to law enforcement or other high level groups, there are some anyone can use. There have been many publicly available search engines, but they keep getting purchased by big companies and then the old web sites go defunct. Here are a few that anyone can still use:

There are more impressive systems with massive databases of faces in use that can quickly find the “spitting image” of you or anyone else. Here is one example:

NEC’s NeoFace Watch solution is specifically designed to integrate with existing surveillance systems by extracting faces in real time from existing video surveillance systems and matching against a watch list of individuals. When the system identifies an individual of interest from the watch list, it raises an alert, so appropriate actions can be taken rapidly to reduce the risk of public safety threats.


Instant face lookup is awesome technology, but a bit spooky. Hopefully it will never be abused by those with access to it.


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4 thoughts on “Doppelganger Series + Face Search Engines

  1. I had a doppelganger when I was in college; people kept confusing me with a complete stranger; one day, I got her information from someone, and we met up; I could see myself, and it was eerie!
    Unfortunately, technology will be abused – either by people with evil intent or by governments being supported by unsuspecting users of Google glasses & co, unwittingly giving them the biggest “Big Brother” access of all time…
    As far as I’m aware, such glasses or other technologies are illegal here in Switzerland, which has very strict privacy laws; in our church, we even need to get each individual’s permission if we want to video record a stage production, etc.

    Posted by Trinity | 5 Apr 2019, 11:40 pm
    • Very interesting! You are lucky. I’d bet very few have had an experience like that. What did you guys talk about?

      I’ve been thinking about ways to harness technology and guessed that governments mostly want people to follow the laws, pay the taxes and not cause trouble. The system we have is overly powerful for just those purposes, however, so I think the main goal is to defend against foreign government activity in the USA. While they are not busy doing that, however, perhaps they could use all that data and their super skills to improve people’s lives. Like they could do good deeds, right wrongs, get good people back on the good path, … or send me a totally perfect girlfriend. 😉 A big brother who looks out for you isn’t always a bad thing, I’ve come around to believe over time.

      Posted by Xeno | 6 Apr 2019, 6:45 pm
      • My family in America has had other experiences with the government; your utopian view of it would be nice, but unfortunately it doesn’t really match reality; corruption has crept into the system…

        Posted by Trinity | 8 Apr 2019, 2:50 am
      • My doppleganger and I talked about our college classes; otherwise, we didn’t really have anything in common. Too bad – it would have been fun having a twin sister.

        Posted by Trinity | 8 Apr 2019, 2:51 am

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