"Computers have been getting better and better at seeing movement on video. How is it that they read lips, follow a dancing girl or copy an actor making faces?"
– from Andrew Blake. Introduction to Active Contours and Visual Dynamics. Visual Dynamics Group, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
When you run a major app, all it takes is one mistake to put countless people at risk. Such is the case with Diksha, a public education app run by India's Ministry of Education that exposed the personal information of around 1 million teachers and millions of students across the country. The data, which included things like full names, email addresses, and phone numbers, was publicly accessible for at least a year and likely longer, potentially exposing those impacted to phishing attacks and other scams. Speaking of cybercrime, the LockBit ransomware gang has long operated under the radar, thanks to its professional operation and choice of targets. But over the past year, a series of missteps and drama have thrust it into the spotlight, potentially threatening its ability to continue operating with impunity.
Kelly Conlon, who was kept from seeing the Rockettes, and Sam Davis, who was barred from attending a Rangers game, speak out against MSG Entertainment and James Dolan for their use of facial recognition on'America's Newsroom.' The latest development to come from Madison Square Garden and CEO James Dolan is one that will likely leave fans very unhappy. Dolan threatened to cancel all alcohol sales at The Garden – he mentioned a Rangers game – as a response to the New York State Liquor Authority, which is currently investigating Dolan regarding his facial recognition technology that has resulted in several bans against lawyers who are suing him. Dolan said it all on Fox 5's "Good Day New York." with Rosanna Scotto. James Dolan, left, and head coach Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks attend the NBA Summer League at the Thomas and Mack Center on July 8, 2022, in Las Vegas.
New York Attorney General Letitia James is asking Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. for information related to its alleged use of facial recognition technology to prevent certain ticket holders from entering its venues. The state attorney general's office said Wednesday the company, which operates Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall in New York City, has reportedly used the technology to bar lawyers from firms who are suing the company over unrelated matters from seeing sporting events or concerts.
New York Attorney General Letitia James has sent a letter to MSG Entertainment, the owner and operator of Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, asking for information about its use of facial recognition to deny entry to attorneys at firms representing its legal opponents. James's letter warns that the Orwellian policy may violate local, state and federal human rights laws, including those prohibiting retaliation. MSG Entertainment's facial recognition has been identifying and denying entry to lawyers from firms representing clients suing the company -- whether or not those attorneys are directly involved in the cases. The company, led by CEO James Dolan (who also owns the New York Knicks and Rangers), has defended the policy, framing it as an attempt to prevent evidence collection "outside proper litigation discovery channels." However, lawyers have called that rationale "ludicrous," criticizing the ban as a "transparent effort" to punish attorneys for suing them.
Early last year, the government of Bangladesh began weighing an offer from an unnamed Chinese company to build a smart city on the Bay of Bengal with infrastructure enhanced by artificial intelligence. Construction of the high-tech metropolis has yet to begin, but if it proceeds it may include face recognition software that can use public cameras to identify missing persons or track criminals in a crowd--capabilities already standard in many Chinese cities. The project is among those that make China the world leader in exporting face recognition, according to a study by academics at Harvard and MIT published last week by the Brookings Institution, a prominent think tank. The report finds that Chinese companies lead the world in exporting face recognition, accounting for 201 export deals involving the technology, followed by US firms with 128 deals. China also has a lead in AI generally, with 250 out of a total of 1,636 export deals involving some form of AI to 136 importing countries.
Apple's got a new helpful feature called "Safety Check" that'll guide you through what you've shared, with whom and how to revoke access. If you ever felt like someone was tracking you, be sure to review these settings. Are you concerned about facial recognition cameras monitoring your every move? Some large venues and arenas are using it as a security measure, claiming it ensures safety for guests and employees. However, the technology is also being used for surveillance and to block people from entering businesses.
The world's largest pest control group is piloting the use of facial recognition software as a way to exterminate rats in people's homes. Rentokil said it had been developing the technology alongside Vodafone for 18 months. The surveillance technology, which is already being tested in real homes, tracks the rodents' habits and streams real-time analysis using artificial intelligence. A central command centre can then help to decide where and how to kill the rats caught on camera. Rentokil's chief executive, Andy Ransom, told the Financial Times: "With facial recognition technology you can see that rat number one behaved differently from rat number three.
A start-up has launched a line of clothing that confuses artificial intelligence (AI) cameras and stops them from recognizing the wearer. Italian start-up Cap_able is offering its first collection of knitted garments that shields the wearer from the facial recognition software in AI cameras without the need to cover their face. Called the Manifesto Collection, the clothing line includes hoodies, pants, t-shirts, and dresses. Each garment sports a pattern, known as an "adversarial patch," which was developed by AI algorithms to confuse facial recognition software in real-time and protect the wearer's privacy. The camera will either fail to identify the wearer or it will think they are one of the animals embedded into the pattern which includes a zebra, a giraffe, or a dog, among other animals.
Artificial intelligence has been deployed to handle facial recognition, recommend movies, and auto-complete your typing. The news that CNET had been using it to generate entire stories, however, sent a ripple of anxiety through the news media for its seeming threat to journalists. The robot-brained yet conversational ChatGPT can produce copy without lunch or bathroom breaks and never goes on strike.