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Despite controversies and bans, facial recognition startups are flush with VC cash – TechCrunch

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If efforts by states and cities to pass privacy regulations curbing the use of facial recognition are anything to go by, you might fear the worst for the companies building the technology. But a recent influx of investor cash suggests the facial recognition startup sector is thriving, not suffering. Facial recognition is one of the most controversial and complex policy areas in play. The technology can be used to track where you go and what you do. It's used by public authorities and in private businesses like stores.


Azure Cognitive Services: Exploring Cognitive Vision

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The service provides algorithms, exposed as REST-based web service calls, to detect, verify, identify, and analyze faces. The service can provide face matching, face attributes, and characteristic analysis. The API also has capabilities for Face identification and recognition. This service also provides face-specific: landmarks(nose, eyes) & attributes (skin color, age, gender). Face Detection API: The face detection API provides information about detected faces in an image but isn't designed to identify or recognize a specific face.


Apple bringing facial recognition from iPhone to Macs and more, rumour suggests

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Apple hopes to add its facial recognition technology to all of its larger products, according to a new rumour. Since it was released with the iPhone X in 2017, the Face ID sensor has come to most of Apple's devices. It has also made its way to some iPads, with the Pro models also getting the same sensors. But the rest of Apple's line-up is yet to benefit from Apple's facial recognition developments. Apple has brought its fingerprint sensor, known as TouchID, to some of its latest Macs – but that is the only biometric sensor that any of its computers have.


Smart innovation by Dubai students can predict and prevent crimes

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Crime fighting is one of the activities that have tremendously benefited from the Middle East's welcoming approach towards technology. The UAE has developed intelligent monitoring to spot traffic violations and mind fingerprinting devices have been deployed to read the truth from a suspect's brain waves. Artificial intelligence has also become central to the the Emirati law and order machinery's growth over past few years, and the authorities in Dubai recently caught an international narco kingpin using video analytics. Promising a future with more of such smart solutions for public security, students in Dubai have created a system that can predict a crime, spot a criminal and prevent offences. Backed by computer vision, the high-tech version of surveillance tools is equipped for facial recognition, and can also identify a person's emotional state to trigger preemptive action.


Write a Few Lines of Code and Detect Faces, Draw Landmarks from Complex Images MediaPipe

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It's time to make our hands dirty with a hands-on face detection model using MediaPipe. To perform face detection you have to install MediaPipe at first in your machine. If you are a windows user then you can run the below code in your computer's command prompt. You also need to install OpenCV for webcam or image input. If you are a windows user, you can run the below code in your command prompt.


Automate annotation of image training data with Amazon Rekognition

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Every machine learning (ML) model demands data to train it. If your model isn't predicting Titanic survival or iris species, then acquiring a dataset might be one of the most time-consuming parts of your model-building process--second only to data cleaning. What data cleaning looks like varies from dataset to dataset. For example, the following is a set of images tagged robin that you might want to use to train an image recognition model on bird species. That nest might count as dirty data, and some model applications may make it inappropriate to include American and European robins in the same category, but this seems pretty good so far.


Pittsburgh Tech Company Wins $500K In Artificial Intelligence Competition

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Pittsburgh technology company Marinus Analytics won third place in the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE competition Wednesday, beating out nearly 800 competitors around the world. Marinus uses artificial intelligence to sift through big data and help law enforcement agencies stop human trafficking and recover victims. "We had detectives saying, 'When we're looking for a missing child, the best we can do is print out a photo of their face, tape it to our computer screen, and scroll manually through online ads, and hope that we find them,'" Marinus president Emily Kennedy said in a video from the competition. The company's main product is Traffic Jam, a tool that uses facial recognition and other analytics to help law enforcement establish patterns and make connections across many trafficking websites with thousands of data points. Marinus estimates their software helped support 6,800 trafficking victims over a two-year span.


AI legislation must address bias in algorithmic decision-making systems

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All the sessions from Transform 2021 are available on-demand now. In early June, border officials "quietly deployed" the mobile app CBP One at the U.S.-Mexico border to "streamline the processing" of asylum seekers. While the app will reduce manual data entry and speed up the process, it also relies on controversial facial recognition technologies and stores sensitive information on asylum seekers prior to their entry to the U.S. The issue here is not the use of artificial intelligence per se, but what it means in relation to the Biden administration's pre-election promise of civil rights in technology, including AI bias and data privacy. When the Democrats took control of both House and Senate in January, onlookers were optimistic that there was an appetite for a federal privacy bill and legislation to stem bias in algorithmic decision-making systems. This is long overdue, said Ben Winters, Equal Justice Works Fellow of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), who works on matters related to AI and the criminal justice system.


The Absurd Idea to Put Bodycams on Teachers Is ... Feasible?

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In the realm of international cybersecurity, "dual use" technologies are capable of both affirming and eroding human rights. Facial recognition may identify a missing child, or make anonymity impossible. Hacking may save lives by revealing key intel on a terrorist attack, or empower dictators to identify and imprison political dissidents. The same is true for gadgets. Your smart speaker makes it easier to order pizza and listen to music, but also helps tech giants track you even more intimately and target you with more ads.


What is Face Recognition, it's Future and How does it Work

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The future of facial recognition is incredibly promising. Facial recognition becomes an ever-larger part of the biometrics market and digital transformation efforts across the globe. As investments in face recognition technologies increase and technologies mature, we see facial recognition usage increasing in some use cases, including new ones. Some countries are further way ahead of the curve than others in implementing this technology. Face Recognition Technology using to prevent ATM fraud in India.