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North Korea Is Selling Facial Recognition Technology, Report Finds

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North Korea has been secretly selling facial recognition software, a new report states. This photo shows a German official identified by a computer with an automatic facial recognition system that was not mentioned in the report. North Korea has been secretly selling facial recognition software, a new report states. This photo shows a German official identified by a computer with an automatic facial recognition system that was not mentioned in the report. North Korea has been secretly selling facial recognition technology, fingerprint scanning and other products overseas.


What Artificial Intelligence Can Do For Local Cops

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Axon, formerly Taser, has created a new ethics board to consider the implications of using artificial intelligence in local policing. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the head of Axon, Rick Smith.


Real-Time Facial Recognition Is Available, But Will U.S. Police Buy It?

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NEC Corporation of America already supplies many American jurisdictions with still photo facial recognition. Now the company says its getting law enforcement inquiries about its real-time facial recognition. NEC Corporation of America already supplies many American jurisdictions with still photo facial recognition. Now the company says its getting law enforcement inquiries about its real-time facial recognition. You've seen it in the movies for years: Security cameras find a face in a crowd, and -- Enhance! -- a computer comes up with a name.


Government Will Test And Collect Data From New Drone Programs In 10 States

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On Wednesday the Department of Transportation announced the launch of a pilot program that will lead to new regulations. On Wednesday the Department of Transportation announced the launch of a pilot program that will lead to new regulations. Here's a hypothetical: How tolerant would you be of a drone flying over your head or zooming through your backyard, if it were carrying life-saving medicine to the scene of a hard-to-reach accident? The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to collect the answers to questions like this, and a slew of other data, in a new test project called the Integration Pilot Program. After combing through 149 applications from state, local and tribal governments seeking to partner with some of the world's leading technology companies, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the winners Wednesday.


Google's New Voice Bot Sounds, Um, Maybe Too Real

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai demonstrated new AI technology that can use human-like speech to carry on phone conversations at the Google I/O 2018 Conference on Tuesday in Mountain View, Calif. Google CEO Sundar Pichai demonstrated new AI technology that can use human-like speech to carry on phone conversations at the Google I/O 2018 Conference on Tuesday in Mountain View, Calif. On the first day of Google's annual conference for developers, the company showed off a robot with a voice so convincingly human that it was able to call a salon and book a haircut – never revealing that it wasn't a real person making the call. CEO Sundar Pichai demonstrated the new AI technology on Tuesday at the Google I/O conference, playing audio of a female-voiced bot speaking with a receptionist over the phone, and then a male-voiced bot making a restaurant reservation. The bot peppers its speech with "um", "uh", and "mmm hmm" in order to imitate the tics and rhythms of human speech.


Artificial Intelligence Takes Scientists Inside Living Human Cells

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Researchers at the Allen Institute for Cell Science in Seattle used artificial intelligence to study and learn from images of tens of thousands of cells. Researchers at the Allen Institute for Cell Science in Seattle used artificial intelligence to study and learn from images of tens of thousands of cells. A new application of artificial intelligence could help researchers solve medical mysteries ranging from cancer to Alzheimer's. It's a 3D model of a living human cell that lets scientists study the interior structures of a cell even when they can only see the exterior and the nucleus -- the largest structure in a cell. The model was unveiled to the public Wednesday by the Allen Institute for Cell Science in Seattle.


Some Users Weary Of Facebook's Newest Venture In Online Dating

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For years, people have used Facebook informally to look for dates. Now Mark Zuckerberg says the platform is starting a dating service. Some experts say the move could invite unwanted solicitation.


Cambridge Analytica Is Shutting Down After Facebook Data Controversy

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Cambridge Analytica, the firm that used data from millions of Facebook users without their knowledge, said Wednesday that it is "immediately ceasing all operations." The firm worked for President Trump's 2016 campaign. SCL Elections Ltd., Cambridge Analytica's U.K.-based parent firm, said the company had begun the process of filing for bankruptcy for Cambridge Analytica and some of its U.S. affiliates, and was moving to apply for insolvency in the U.K. "Over the past several months," the company said in a statement, "Cambridge Analytica has been the subject of numerous unfounded accusations and, despite the Company's efforts to correct the record, has been vilified for activities that are not only legal, but also widely accepted as a standard component of online advertising in both the political and commercial arenas." It also said it had "unwavering confidence that its employees have acted ethically and lawfully" after an internal investigation but that a barrage of negative media coverage drove away "virtually all" of Cambridge Analytica's customers and suppliers. In March, Britain's Channel 4 exposed Cambridge Analytica's stealthy means of supporting clients.


It's A Date: Facebook Enters Online Matchmaking

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at F8, Facebook's developer conference Tuesday in San Jose, Calif. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at F8, Facebook's developer conference Tuesday in San Jose, Calif. The world of online dating is about to get more crowded: Facebook announced on Tuesday plans to roll out its own matchmaking feature. The news sent shares of Match Group tumbling. Match is an online dating conglomerate, with ownership in Tinder, match.com


Kids, Meet Alexa, Your AI Mary Poppins?

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The new Amazon Echo Dot For Kids is that little green thing on the bedside table. The new Amazon Echo Dot For Kids is that little green thing on the bedside table. "Alexa, why is Pluto so awesome?" "Alexa, what is seven plus three?" "Alexa, who is Harry Potter?" "Alexa, I'm bored." "Alexa, where do babies come from?"* Families who have an artificially intelligent "smart speaker" at home like Amazon's Echo may be used to kids saying stuff like this.