It can be fun chatting to people who are interested in the same stuff as us.

Some people online will genuinely just want to chat or be friends.

(The rush of tech reporters trying to satisfy their appetite to see who their own live sex ‘doppelganger’ might be yesterday clearly put a strain on Megacams.me‘s backend after it announced the new feature.

On a ‘normal’ day the wait time is, presumably, more likely to be minutes.) The Belgian company behind the live sex search site is not disclosing which tech giant’s algorithms it is using to power the face search feature, given the adult use-case and the latter’s evident lack of desire to be associated with porn.

Hey there, Pricing for Microsoft’s Face API offers 30,000 free look-ups per month, after which it charges $1.50 per 1,000 transactions, supporting a rate of 10 transactions per second.

Megacams would say it is doing the face detection portion itself — using the open CV open source library of machine learning and computer vision software, which was originally developed by Intel.

Whatever you like doing, if you use the internet you might have met people online who want to chat.

With over 2 billion people on the internet there are plenty of people to meet.

Optic Nerve is a mass surveillance program run by the British signals intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), with help from the US National Security Agency, that surreptitiously collects private webcam still images from users while they are using a Yahoo! As an example of the scale, in one 6-month period, the program is reported to have collected images from 1.8 million Yahoo! The program was first reported on in the media in February 2014, from documents leaked by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, but dates back to a prototype started in 2008, and was still active in at least 2012.

The leaked documents describe the users under surveillance as "unselected", meaning that data was collected indiscriminately in bulk from users regardless of whether they were an intelligence target or not.

Though there were some limits to which photos security analysts were allowed to see, with bulk searches limited to metadata, security analysts were allowed to see "webcam images associated with similar Yahoo identifiers to your known target".

Optic Nerve worked by collecting the information from GCHQ's large network of Internet cable taps, feeding into systems provided by the United States' National Security Agency.

Searching for it using textual searches is very hard, that’s where technology comes in.