The US Needs Real Data to Confront Bias in Police Shootings

WIRED

The United States has no national database tracking fatal shootings by police. The absence of good data has meant that much of the research on the role of implicit racial bias in these deaths takes place inside laboratories. Officers play word association games or go through virtual reality simulations to measure bias. But these methods have some obvious weaknesses. "An officer is not going to killed or injured if they mess up in a simulation," says University of Louisville criminologist Justin Nix.


New augmented reality comic book shows the resilience of acid attack survivors

Mashable

As an acid attack survivor, Monica Singh once found it incredibly difficult to look in the mirror. Her scarred skin brought her back to the day men poured a bucket of acid on her in Lucknow, India -- a violent retaliation for her rejection of a marriage proposal. More than half of Singh's body was burned instantly, altering her appearance forever. But the activist says using a mirror has helped her reclaim love for her reflection, and for herself. More than a decade after her attack, Singh's story is now being used to empower other acid attack survivors through an unusual medium -- a comic book.


Virtual Reality's Role In Building The Next Generation Of Jails

Forbes - Tech

Strolling down the hall of the brand new El Centro jail expansion, opened April 2018, Correctional Officer Sergio Romero points out the holding cells near the processing center, the strip search room, and the nursing station. Comprised of 274 beds, the jail is arranged in dormitories instead of the traditional cells, each with a restroom, laundry area, and a 150-foot outdoor exercise space. Every bathroom has modesty panels, so inmates can have some privacy when changing. At this point, I need to clarify that I'm not actually at the jail, but 600 miles away in a conference hall in Sacramento., attending the American Jail Association's annual conference and jail expo. The jail I'm looking at is a virtual reality construction, used by Vanir Construction Management to aid in the building of the jail.


2 California men fall off edge of ocean bluff while playing 'Pokemon Go'

Los Angeles Times

The mania surrounding "Pokemon Go" continued Thursday as more users found themselves in precarious situations while playing the augmented reality game. In North San Diego County, two men fell off a bluff while playing the smartphone game, while farther north in Anaheim, a player was stabbed by group of men in a park recently. The incidents come as law enforcement agencies across the nation are reporting a plethora of Pokemon-related attacks and odd happenings since the game was released last week. On Wednesday, firefighters rescued two men who fell several stories off the crumbling sandstone bluff in Encinitas, according to authorities. The men, who were in their early 20s, were playing "Pokemon Go" at the time and likely were led to the cliff when they were trying to catch characters, said Sgt. Rich Eaton of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.


US spy planes use AR software above major US cities and 'target Muslim areas'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

U.S. Government aircraft are using'augmented reality' software during flights as they circle above major cities and'target' Muslim areas. The software, which works through the spy plane's high resolution cameras, can be used by pilots to superimpose information - including the names of house owners and businesses - onto their screens. FBI and Homeland Security can also track the mobile phones of the residents below as dozens of aircraft take to the skies each day. U.S. Government aircraft are using'augmented reality' software during flights as they circle above major cities and'target' Muslim areas. The flights are also believed to'target' specific areas, with one San Bernardino mosque circled over repeatedly in the week after the shooting in the city in December last year.