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U.S. Blacklists Dozens of Chinese Companies Working on AI, Face Recognition Tech

The U.S. Commerce Department has put another 33 Chinese businesses—many of which develop artificial intelligence and face recognition tech—on its economic blacklist as a punitive measure for purportedly conspiring with Beijing and the government’s brutal crackdown on Muslim minorities.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Surveillance, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, Robots, Donald Trump, Huawei, Facial Recognition, Trump, Face Recognition, U S Commerce Department, Muslim Community, Surveillance Tech


Police Used Facial Recognition to Arrest Over 1,100 People in India Last Month

Shortly after one of the worst riots New Delhi has seen in decades, law enforcement agencies in India used facial recognition technology to identify more than 1,100 people who allegedly took part in those riots at the end of February. India’s home minister, Amit Shah, told parliament that law enforcement provided its…Read more...
Tags: Science, India, Amit Shah, Big Brother, New Delhi, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, 1984


R&D Roundup: Smart chips, dream logic and crowdsourcing space

I see far more research articles than I could possibly write up. This column collects the most interesting of those papers and advances, along with notes on why they may prove important in the world of tech and startups. This week: crowdsourcing in space, vision on a chip, robots underground and under the skin and other developments. The eye is the brain Computer vision is a challenging problem, but the perennial insult added to this difficulty is the fact that humans process visual informatio...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Facial Recognition, Voyager 2, Image-processing, Quantum Computing, Quantum Cryptography, Vienna University of Technology TU Wien, Neural Network, Extra Crunch, Communications Satellites


Clearview AI Lured Rich Investors by Letting Them Rummage Around in Its Creepy Face Recognition App

Creepy facial recognition firm Clearview AI—which claims to have built an extensive database from billions of photos scraped from the public web—allowed the rich and powerful to use its app as a personal plaything and spy tool, according to reporting from the New York Times on Thursday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, New York Times, Facial Recognition, Mass Surveillance, Face Recognition, ClearView, Clearview AI


Canadian Privacy Commissioners to Investigate Creepy Facial Recognition Firm Clearview AI

Canadian authorities are investigating shady face recognition company Clearview AI on the grounds that its scraping of billions of photos from the web might violate privacy laws, Reuters reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Surveillance, Canada, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, Mass Surveillance, Reuters, Face Recognition, Clearview AI


CEO of Creepy Face Recognition Firm Clearview AI Says He Has First Amendment Right to Billions of Photos

Hoan Ton-That, the CEO and founder of a face recognition company that he freely admits could help lead to a surveillance “nightmare” and a “dystopian future or something,” says he has a First Amendment right to scrape whatever images he damn well pleases off public websites like Twitter to pad out his company’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Police, Cybersecurity, Law Enforcement, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, Face Recognition, CFAA, Clearview AI, Creepy Face Recognition Firm Clearview


In a 'Dangerous and Sinister Step,' London Police Start Using Live Face Recognition Tech

The dystopian nightmare begins. Today, London’s Metropolitan Police Service announced it will begin deploying Live Facial Recognition (LFR) tech across the capital in the hopes of locating and arresting wanted peoples. Read more...
Tags: Science, London, Surveillance, Facial Recognition, Metropolitan Police Service, Surveillance State, Live Facial Recognition LFR


Alphabet CEO Sides With EU on Facial-Recognition Tech Moratorium, But Microsoft Isn't Convinced

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently came out in support of a European Union proposal for instating a temporary ban on facial-recognition technology until officials beef up privacy regulations.Read more...
Tags: Google, Europe, Science, Microsoft, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Regulation, Ai, Facial Recognition, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Privacy And Security, Facial Recognition Tech, Deepfakes


Emotion Recognition Is Creepy As Hell

Emotion recognition technology, at best, promises to read commuters’ mental anguish and adjust subway cabin conditions accordingly, and at worst, puts biased and buggy mental microscopes in the hands of corporate overlords. In a new report, the NYU research center AI Now calls for regulators to ban the tech. Read more...
Tags: Science, Ai, Facial Recognition, Nyu, Emotion Recognition, Ai Now


The ACLU Is Taking the Feds to Court Over Face Recognition Surveillance

The ACLU and its Massachusetts chapter are suing the federal government for more information about how it uses facial recognition with regard to surveillance. Read more...
Tags: Science, Massachusetts, Surveillance, Aclu, Facial Recognition, Face Recognition, Privacy And Security, Court Over Face Recognition Surveillance


Google Says It Will Fix Pixel 4's Face Unlock Fail 'in the Coming Months'

On the new Pixel 4, Google opted to replace the traditional fingerprint sensor used on its previous handsets for an iPhone-like face unlock system featuring a sophisticated infrared 3D dot projector. However, unlike the iPhone, the Pixel 4's face unlock works even if a person’s eyes are closed, which is a potential…Read more...
Tags: Android, Science, Smartphones, Facial Recognition, Face Unlock, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 Eye Detection Coming Soon


U.S. Border Patrol Reportedly Eyes Face Recognition for Body Cams

U.S. Customs and Border Protection—one of the arms of the federal immigration machine shoving tens of thousands of people into de facto concentration camps—is eyeing equipping officers with facial recognition body cams, according to Reuters.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Immigration, Surveillance, Ice, Civil Rights, CBP, Donald Trump, Facial Recognition, Racial Profiling, Immigration And Customs Enforcement, Reuters, Face Recognition, Customs And Border Protection, U S Customs


Pixel 4's Face Unlock Works When Your Eyes Are Closed; What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Not to be outdone by Apple’s Face ID, Google’s equipped its upcoming fourth generation of Pixel phones with facial recognition tech so that all you need is that adorable mug to access your device. And, just like its competitor, Google still seems to be working out the kinks. Unlocking your Pixel 4 may be a bit too…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Facial Recognition, Privacy And Security, Pixel 4


Berkeley Becomes Fourth U.S. City to Ban Face Recognition in Unanimous Vote

Berkeley, California became the fourth U.S. city to pass a ban on all government use of facial recognition technology on Tuesday night following a unanimous yes vote by the City Council.Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, California, Police, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, Berkeley, Facial Recognition, Civil Liberties, Mass Surveillance, Face Recognition, Berkeley California, City Council Read


Amazon Is Marketing Face Recognition to Police Departments Partnered With Ring: Report

Amazon is marketing its facial recognition software to Florida police departments that are currently partnered with its home surveillance company, Ring—arrangements that allow police to request access to video footage captured by homeowners.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Science, Privacy, Facial Recognition, Home Security, Ring, Rekognition, Surveillance Tech, Amazon Is Marketing Face Recognition


Chinese Citizens Will Have to Scan Their Faces to Get Internet Access and New Phone Numbers

Starting December 1, Chinese citizens will have to allow telecommunications carriers to scan their faces when signing up for internet access or to get a new phone number. Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, China, Surveillance, Internet Access, Facial Recognition, Surveillance State, New Phone Numbers


California Law Officially Bans Facial Recognition in Police Body Cams

California will block police officers from including facial recognition technology in their body cameras, joining two other states that have created similar laws—Oregon and New Hampshire.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Oregon, New Hampshire, Police Body Cameras, Facial Recognition, Surveillance State, California Law Officially Bans Facial Recognition


Report: Google Contractors Used Shady Methods to Scan Dark-Skinned People's Faces for New Pixel 4 Feature

With the Pixel 4, Google will reportedly be introducing a face unlock feature akin to Apple’s Face ID for the iPhone. A few months ago, it was reported that Google was actually hitting the streets for “field research,” paying volunteers in $5 Amazon or Starbucks gift cards to scan their faces to improve the upcoming…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Science, Starbucks, Facial Recognition, Randstad, Face Unlock, Pixel 4, This Is Not How You Go Improving Racial Bias


Hong Kong Announces Ban on Masks and Face Paint That Helps Protesters Evade Facial Recognition

The Hong Kong government has banned masks and face paint in its latest attempt to stop the pro-democracy protests that have been raging since June. The new “emergency” order was announced by Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam at a press conference today and will go into effect at midnight local time, 12:00 pm ET.Read more...
Tags: Security, Hong Kong, Science, Privacy, China, Masks, Beijing, Xi Jinping, Protests, Donald Trump, Facial Recognition, Hong Kong protests, Carrie Lam, Veby Mega Indah, Glory To Hong Kong


U.S. Considers Export Ban on Surveillance Company That Helps Send Muslims to China's Concentration Camps: Report

The U.S. government is considering a tech export ban that would target Hikvision, a Chinese video surveillance company that’s been instrumental in sending anywhere from 1 million to 3 million Muslims into China’s network of secretive concentration camps, according to a new report from the New York Times.Read more...
Tags: Science, Human Rights, China, Surveillance, Xinjiang, Donald Trump, Facial Recognition, Police State, Racial Profiling, New Cold War, New York Times Read, US State Department, Hikvision, President Trump, Concentration Camps, Uighurs


Mona Lisa frown: Machine learning brings old paintings and photos to life

Machine learning researchers have produced a system that can recreate lifelike motion from just a single frame of a person’s face, opening up the possibility of animating not just photos but also of paintings. It’s not perfect, but when it works, it is — like much AI work these days — eerie and fascinating. The model is documented in a paper published by Samsung AI Center, which you can read it here on Arxiv. It’s a new method of applying facial landmarks on a source face — any talking head will...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Marilyn Monroe, Moscow, Machine Learning, Berkeley, Facial Recognition, Einstein, Mona Lisa, Deepfakes, Samsung AI Center


You Won't Believe All the Stupid Ways Cops Are Using Face Recognition Tech

There’s plenty of evidence indicating that facial recognition tech is far from serving as a fair and accurate identification tool but because the sector is mostly lawless, this technology is easily weaponized. And according to a new report, in the hands of many cops, it is being used in profoundly dumb and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Facial Recognition, Stupid Ways Cops Are Using Face Recognition Tech


Six San Francisco Supervisors Could Make Privacy History This Week

Six officials in San Francisco this week could change the legal landscape for facial recognition technology in the heart of America’s technology industry.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, America, San Francisco, Facial Recognition


Avengers: Endgame, Dark Matter, and a Fake Bear Not Named Ron: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s nearly May, and you know what that means: Game of Thrones will be ending, Divination Bot will soon return to haunt your sleep with machine-generated nightmares, and the weather will be much less depressing.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Privacy, Labor, Neuroscience, Star Trek, Cybersecurity, Mouse, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Oceans, Game Of Thrones, Aviation


What Your Airline Won't Tell You About Those Creepy Airport Face Scanners

Last week, a Twitter conversation between an airline passenger and JetBlue went viral after she asked about the company’s creepy facial recognition cameras. Mostly, the passenger seemed shocked to learn airlines were scanning customers’ faces at all.Read more...
Tags: Science, Surveillance, Homeland Security, Airlines, Facial Recognition, Jetblue


Cops Are Trying to Stop San Francisco From Banning Face Recognition Surveillance

San Francisco is inching closer to becoming the first American city to ban facial recognition surveillance, a booming technology that’s a fast-growing business in the United States and extends to the core of China’s high-tech authoritarianism.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, San Francisco, Surveillance, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Facial Recognition, Privacy And Security


'Automated Racism': Chinese Police Are Reportedly Using AI to Identify Minority Faces

Facial recognition technology can target entire populations of a specific demographic, and in the wrong hands, can be used as a powerful tool for discrimination. In China, this isn’t a cautionary tale, it’s already happening.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Facial Recognition, Racial Profiling


Amazon Shareholders Set to Vote on a Proposal to Ban Sales of Facial Recognition Tech to Governments

Amazon shareholders will vote in May on a proposal to ban the sale of facial recognition technology to governments after beating an attempt by Amazon itself to quash the proposal before it got to a vote.
Tags: Amazon, Science, Facial Recognition, Rekognition, Facial Recognition Tech


New York's Creepy Plan to Scan Faces at Toll Booths Has Been a Total Flop

Today brings some small relief for New Yorkers worried about the face-scanning tech being used at the city’s entry points: So far, the system has reportedly been a total bust, detecting 0 percent of faces “within acceptable parameters.” But that isn’t stopping the city from expanding the pilot program.Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, New York City, Mta, Facial Recognition, Amazon Cuomo


West Virginia Man Fights biometric Drivers License by Being Very Racist

Phillip Hudok claims the state of West Virginia is violating his religious beliefs by requiring him to get a biometric drivers license.Read more...
Tags: Science, West Virginia, DMV, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, Phillip Hudok



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