Tag: facial recognition

Brooklyn Landlord To Install Facial Recognition Tech At Rent-Stabilized Complex

Tenants and housing rights attorneys have expressed their concern at the intention of a Brooklyn landlord to install facial recognition technology at the entrance of a rent-stabilized complex with around 700 units. Tenants and attorneys feel that this is a far-reaching form of digital surveillance. Advertising Tenants at Brownsville’s Atlantic Plaza Towers have filed an […]

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Giphy’s Celebrity Detector can find GIFs of over 2,300 famous faces with 98% accuracy

Celebrity-detecting AI? Why not? Giphy, one of the world’s largest online GIF-sharing platforms, today open-sourced a machine learning model — the Giphy Celebrity Detector — that’s capable of recognizing over 2,300 famous faces in GIFs with 98 percent accuracy. Both the model and supporting code are available on Github. The company says the goal was […]

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Photo Sleuth scans Civil War photos to match soldiers with biographical details

The historical record of the Civil War is patchy at best, but Kurt Luther, an assistant professor of computer science at Virginia Tech, is doing his best to fill in a few of the gaps. In August 2018, he and a team of collaborators at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and Military Images […]

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Kairos raises $4 million for facial recognition technology

Miami, Florida-based facial recognition startup Kairos today announced that it has raised $4 million from individual investor E. Jay Saunders, chair and CEO of regulation technology company Domus Semo Sancus, bringing Kairos’ total raised to $17 million. The fresh capital will be used to “help [Kairos] continue innovating at the vanguard of face-recognition technology,” CEO Melissa […]

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Jumio Authentication uses selfies to authenticate users

You can tell a lot about a person from their facial features and expression — whether they’re displeased or frustrated, for example, and their relative age and weight. That’s why popular smartphones employ facial recognition as their authentication method of choice, and why Palo Alto-based identity-as-a-service provider Jumio’s new product offering — Jumio Authentication — […]

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Amazon weighs in on potential ‘legislative framework’ for facial recognition

Amazon supports the creation of a “legislative framework” covering facial recognition technology. That’s according to Michael Punke, vice president of global public policy at Amazon’s AWS division, who penned a blog post this week outlining proposed guidelines for the “responsible use” of face-classifying software by private, commercial, and government entities. “Over the past several months, […]

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MIT researchers claim Amazon’s Rekognition is susceptible to bias

Amazon’s facial analysis software distinguishes gender among certain ethnicities less accurately than competing services from IBM and Microsoft. That’s the conclusion drawn by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers in a new study published today, which found that Rekognition, Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) object detection API, fails to reliably determine the sex of female and darker-skinned faces in […]

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#10YearChallenge: Harmless Trend or Boon to Facial Recognition Technology?

The #10YearChallenge was all fun and memes until last week after a tweet moved thousands of people to worry: Are we unknowingly helping giant corporations to improve their algorithms for biometric identification and age progression? The #10YearChallenge gained widespread traction on social media this month. It calls for posting two photos of yourself side by […]

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AI Weekly: Companies and lawmakers need to agree on facial recognition policies before it’s too late

After a summer-long saga of accusations, denials, and blockbuster reporting by the American Civil Liberties Union, the dust appeared to have settled on Amazon’s Rekognition scandal. But a letter from shareholders this week rekindled the flames, urging the company, which was worth an estimated $1 trillion in September 2018, to prohibit sales of facial recognition technology like […]

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Researchers improve AI emotion classification by combining speech and facial expression data

Systems that can classify a person’s emotion from their voice and facial tics alone are a longstanding goal of some AI researchers. Firms like Affectiva, which recently launched a product that scans drivers’ faces and voices to monitor their mood, are moving the needle in the right direction. But considerable challenges remain, owing to nuances in […]

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mookkie, a smart pet bowl that recognizes your cat before giving it dinner

italian company volta, a specialist in the development of AI-centric products, debuts mookkie, a smart pet bowl that recognizes your pet. using facial recognition technology not dissimilar to that installed on your smartphone, mookie visually recognizes your pet and opens the flap to feed him or her. linking to the desired pet and only the desired pet, […]

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2019: The year face recognition goes big and voice ads stall

Happy New Year! Unlike the holiday fruitcake we’ve all been avoiding the past couple of weeks, 2018 was far from stale. The year was riddled with controversies, excitement, and disappointments — from Facebook selling it’s soul … err, our souls, to the battle over net neutrality to Apple hitting over a trillion dollars to cryptocurrencies’ […]

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3D-printed heads let hackers break into your phone

facial recognition is being used everywhere. to maintain security measures and help out police forces, to improve the retail experience for the everyday consumer, and to even help popstars like taylor swift track their stalkers. now forbes reporter thomas brewster has commissioned a 3D-printed model of his own head, testing the face unlocking system on a range of phones […]

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Facial recognition remains tempting but toxic for tech companies

In a blog post announcing support for the Asia Pacific AI for Social Good Research Network and highlighting Google’s efforts to use artificial intelligence (AI) to combat disease and natural disasters, Kent Walker, senior vice president of global affairs, wrote that Google wouldn’t offer a “general-purpose” facial recognition API through Google Cloud until the “challenges” […]

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Taylor Swift Said to Use Facial Recognition to Identify Stalkers

When Taylor Swift played the Rose Bowl in May, a kiosk was set up for adoring fans to view videos of her. But there may have been more to that screen than met the eye. According to an interview in Rolling Stone, the kiosk took photos of people looking at the videos. The images were […]

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Latticework raises $13 million for Amber, a privacy-conscious NAS device

It seems nary a week goes by without a breach that compromises millions of personal files. On Monday, Google revealed that it will shut down its social network, Google+, months earlier than initially planned after the profiles of tens of millions were inadvertently exposed. In September, Facebook revealed that hackers had gained access to data belonging […]

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IDrive adds facial recognition to automatically organize your photos

Organizing digital photo albums isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time — particularly if you’re the type who insists on keeping gigabytes of blurry snapshots around for posterity. Thanks to artificially intelligent (AI) tools like Google Photos and Apple’s Photos app, it’s not as arduous a task as it used to be. But what if you […]

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IBM collaborated with the NYDP on an AI system that can search for people by race

Three months after the American Civil Liberties Union revealed that Amazon provided facial recognition technology to local law enforcement, a new report shows that IBM collaborated with the New York City Police Department to develop a system that allowed officials to search for people by skin color, hair color, gender, age, and various facial features. […]

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