Tag: facial recognition

ProBeat: Breakthrough or BS, Amazon’s Rekognition is dangerous

Like all tech giants, Amazon is regularly criticized for various policies and practices. But no issue has been as contentious this year as selling its facial recognition tech Rekognition to law enforcement. Never mind that a growing chorus of AI experts are calling for facial recognition systems to be regulated. Amazon is eagerly developing surveillance […]

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The Facial Recognition System Amazon Sells to Cops Can Now Detect ‘Fear’

Amazon has faced public outrage for providing cloud services to the U.S. government, including law enforcement agencies that conduct mass-raids and separate families at the southern border. Now, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has rolled out more terrifying features for its cloud-based facial recognition system—including the ability to detect fear. “Amazon Rekognition provides a comprehensive set […]

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AI Weekly: Proposed ban on facial recognition in public housing points to regulation appetite

Facial recognition made headlines again this week after three Congressional lawmakers — Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) — introduced legislation that would bar the technology from public housing. As proposed, the No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act would prohibit federally funded apartment complexes from using facial analysis software, and it […]

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AI Weekly: A growing chorus of experts agrees facial recognition systems must be regulated

On Tuesday, Oakland became the third U.S. city after San Francisco and the Boston suburb of Somerville to ban facial recognition use by local government departments, including its police force. The ordinance adopted by the city council, which was written by Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission and sponsored by Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, prohibits the city and […]

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Microsoft Deleted a Massive Facial Recognition Database, But It’s Not Dead

Microsoft has unexpectedly pulled a gigantic facial recognition database containing photos of people’s faces from the internet, but traces of the data trove remain online. If you’ve ever uploaded photos of yourself to the internet under a creative commons license—which allows for re-use under certain conditions—they may already have been used to train AI programs […]

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Mabu the robot helps congestive heart failure patients monitor symptoms

Users of Mabu, a robot made especially to help people with congestive heart failure, said they’re 84% more likely to keep track of the signs and symptoms of their disease. That’s according to its first initial 40 users. Mabu was first made available for patients in 2018. Its first users are Kaiser Permanente patients, Catalia […]

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