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China races ahead in public use of facial-recognition technology, for good or for ill

The Japan Times

SHANGHAI – From toilet-paper dispensers to fast-food restaurants, travel and crime-fighting, China is taking the lead in rolling out facial-recognition technology.


The Weeknd debuts facial alterations for 'Save Your Tears' music video

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. The Weeknd is sporting a drastically different look. On Tuesday, the 30-year-old musician dropped a music video to accompany the song "Save Your Tears," from his acclaimed album "After Hours." In the video, the singer -- born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye -- can be seen with drastic facial alterations making him nearly unrecognizable.


ProBeat: Enough with the government facial recognition

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A U.S. government study released this week found that 189 facial recognition algorithms from 99 developers "falsely identified African-American and Asian faces 10 to 100 times more often than Caucasian faces." This should be the last such study. We are long overdue for federal governments to regulate or outright ban facial recognition. This year, the NYPD ran a picture of actor Woody Harrelson through a facial recognition system because officers thought the suspect seen in drug store camera footage resembled the actor. This year China used facial recognition to track its Uighur Muslim population.


AI-powered facial recognition will soon track us while we shop

#artificialintelligence

You're at an electronics store. You check out a few TVs and head home after being scanned by store cameras. This data is then cross-referenced with other databases that already contain your facial data. Your face is now the epicenter of a retargeting campaign. For instance, your camera-equipped smart TV, which already recognizes your face, could now serve you commercials for the new TV you were considering, among other products you were captured perusing using the same service at other stores.


Facial disfigurement: The children bullied for how they look

BBC News

The charity Changing Faces has launched a campaign to tackle the discrimination suffered by children with facial disfigurements. Caitlin and Marcus - who was once told "I'd kill myself if I had a face like yours" - speak to reporter Ashley John-Baptiste about the bullying they have faced.