Best of the web: Artificial Intelligence news for December 4, 2016

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NEW DELHI: In a first for Indian carriers, Air India is rationing the number of alcoholic drinks being served to its premium international passengers at airport lounges across India. The AI move follows a recent plea by several Indian airlines to aviation authorities to restrict passengers' access to liquor at departure terminals to check increasing incidents of unruly behaviour by tipsy flyers. Tagged In Artificial Intelligence India Airport Beer Kolkata Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Air India Indira Gandhi International Airport Wine Gin Rum Chennai International Airport Indian (airline) Go Air Indi Go Airport Lounge Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Recently actually had the time to visit a very controversial exhibition in Palazzo Strozzi, by Chinese artist Ai WeiWei. Apple has given its clearest indication yet that it's working on a self-driving car – or at least working with car manufacturers to make the plans a reality. Tagged In The Wall Street Journal Wired (magazine) Apple Inc Washington, D C Minivan Mc Laren Machine Learning National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Victoria (australia) Financial Times Mc Laren Technology Group Paul Krugman would stand in line to meet Charlie Stross.


India plans face recognition technology to decongest airports

Al Jazeera

The Indian government plans to decongest its airports by introducing facial recognition technology next year - a proposal that may once again raise privacy concerns in the South Asian country. India's ministry of civil aviation on Thursday said passengers on domestic flights will be able to choose to use their biometric authentication system and go paperless. "Security will benefit from the ability of the technology to verify the passenger at every checkpoint in a non-intrusive way," ministry secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey said in a statement. The proposal says passengers would be verified by being photographed at every stage of the check-in process - from entering the airport to proceeding through security and boarding the plane. The India government statement said the biometric technology will be introduced first at Bengaluru and Hyderabad airports by February next year, followed by Kolkata, Varanasi, Pune and Vijayawada by April.


Air Vistara Passenger Arrested For Allegedly Molesting Cabin Crew On Flight

International Business Times

A cabin crew member of an Air Vistara flight was allegedly molested by a passenger on board an aircraft bound for New Delhi from Lucknow, India, reports said Tuesday. The incident took place when the flight No. UK997 from Lucknow landed in New Delhi and was preparing to deplane March 24. The victim reported an incident of sexual harassment by a passenger to the airlines, after which the 62-year-old accused was arrested at Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi. A Vistara spokesperson told International Business Times via Twitter: "Vistara does not tolerate abusive or unruly behavior by passengers that puts the safety of its staff and other customers at risk, or compromises their dignity. We have reported the matter to the Police and other relevant authorities.


Southern Indian floods kill at least 28, displace tens of thousands

The Japan Times

BANGALORE, INDIA/MUMBAI – At least 28 people have died in the southern Indian state of Kerala after torrential monsoon rains caused landslides and flooding that cut off some areas, authorities said on Friday. More than 64,000 people were evacuated and Cochin International Airport, the busiest airport in a state popular with tourists, was closed. The airport, which is located along the banks of the Periyar River, will be shut until at least 3 p.m. on Sunday, although the Indian Navy has opened an airfield at a naval base for use by commercial flights, officials said. Seasonal monsoon rains from June to September cause deaths and mass displacement across South Asia every year but they also deliver more than 70 percent of India's rainfall and are crucial for farmers. Kerala was hit by devastating floods last August that killed more than 200 people and affected more than 5 million.


India plans to rename all its airports and it makes a lot of sense

Mashable

Here's a quick challenge: Can you guess the city you would be in if your plane was landing at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport? How about if it were to land at Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia Airport? There are several airports in India that are named after historical figures or politicians. The airport in New Delhi is named after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, for instance, whereas the airport in Mumbai is called Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, named after the 16th century ruler of the Maratha empire. SEE ALSO: London hotel shames Air India's crew for sneaking buffet food in lunch boxes Making sense of some Indian airport names can be really challenging, and has been puzzling hundreds of thousands of people who fly into India everyday.