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AI Weekly: How to regulate facial recognition to preserve freedom


Today Microsoft president Brad Smith called for federal regulation of facial recognition software. "In a democratic republic, there is no substitute for decision making by our elected representatives regarding the issues that require the balancing of public safety with the essence of our democratic freedoms. Facial recognition will require the public and private sectors alike to step up -- and to act," Smith wrote in a blog post. Recent events explain why Smith is speaking out now. Last month, while the majority of U.S. citizens was outraged about the idea of separating families who unlawfully entered the United States, Microsoft was criticized by the public and hundreds of its own employees for its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Controversial facial recognition company claims it has a First Amendment right to your public photos


Hoan Ton-That, CEO of creepy facial recognition company Clearview AI, made the bold claim on Tuesday that his company has the right to publicly posted photos on Twitter and wielded the First Amendment as his reason. Clearview AI faced heat after it was discovered they had mined billions of publicly accessible images from Facebook and Ton-That's comments prove the company isn't backing down. EXCLUSIVE: The founder of a facial recognition company described as both "groundbreaking" and "a nightmare" is speaking out. In an interview with CBS This Morning, Ton-That was asked about Twitter's cease-and-desist order requesting that his company stop scraping it's data and delete everything Clearview AI has collected from the platform. In response, the facial recognition CEO claimed his company has a first amendment right to the data.

Apple Says iPhone X With Face ID Was Intended For 2018 Release

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People might have had to wait a whole year for the iPhone X -- if Apple had stuck to its original plan. Executives of the Cupertino company revealed in an interview with Mashable Apple had initially intended to release the new iPhone X next year. Dan Riccio, Apple's SVP of hardware engineering, said the iPhone X with facial recognition technology and edge-to-edge OLED was supposed to release next year, but "with a lot of hard work, talent, grit, and determination" the company was able to offer the device to consumers this fall. It was also a risky move, since Apple was on a tight deadline. "We all knew where we were going," said Craig Federighi, Apple SVP of software engineering, "but there were a dozen things we knew we had to solve, and any one of them could have failed to come together."

People Won't Be Able To Live Without iPhone X Face ID, Says Apple Engineer

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There have been numerous questions surrounding the iPhone X's Face ID, especially after the demo blip during the keynote. To address concerns, Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi has been making media rounds about the facial recognition feature. Federighi went on John Gruber's "Talk Show" and assured users' concerns about the Face ID will "melt away" when they start using the 10th-anniversary device. "You don't even think about it, it just works" he said. He also said concerns about the Face ID are similar to when Apple revealed the Touch ID, which launched on the iPhone 5s.