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U.S. Activists Fault Face Recognition in Wrongful Arrest for First Time

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Robert Williams spent over a day in custody in January after face recognition software matched his driver's license photo to surveillance video of someone shoplifting, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU) said in the complaint. In a video shared by ACLU, Williams says officers released him after acknowledging "the computer" must have been wrong.


Detroit Police Challenged Over Face Recognition Flaws, Bias

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The ACLU complaint said Detroit police "unthinkingly relied on flawed and racist facial recognition technology without taking reasonable measures to verify the information being provided." It called the resulting investigation "shoddy and incomplete," the officers involved "rude and threatening," and said the department has dragged its feet responding to public-information requests for relevant records.


Task Force: Concerns Over Social Distancing, Hybrid Learning

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A New Hampshire education task force says many parents, teachers and education officials are anxious for students to get back to school this fall, but there's a lot of concern about achieving social distancing and workable hybrid learning plans.


Bejeweled, Minecraft Among Games Inducted Into Hall of Fame

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"The success of Minecraft speaks to the maturing of video games as a cultural touchstone," digital games curator Andrew Borman said. "No longer do game creators need to be obsessed about having the most realistic looking graphics.


Florida Coronavirus Cases Set Record; Positive Tests Also Up

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Gov. Ron DeSantis last week said the upward trend in confirmed cases is mostly a reflection of more testing being conducted combined with some spikes in some agriculture communities, but the number of tests conducted daily peaked three weeks ago and the percentage of positive tests is now over 6%, more than double the rate of 2.3% in late May.


Utah Man Accused of Killing Tinder Date Pleads Not Guilty

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They met for a few drinks at a bar before going to his apartment in Layton, authorities have said. He called 911 to report the slaying early Sunday morning and told police to shoot him, according to court documents. Hunsaker told police he choked and then stabbed her unprovoked as they cuddled, according to the document.


FDA Approves Video Game for Treating ADHD in Kids

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"We're proud to make history today with FDA's decision," Akili CEO Eddie Martucci said in a statement. "We're using technology to help treat a condition in an entirely new way as we directly target neurological function through medicine that feels like entertainment."


Russia Says U.S. Plans to Lift Curbs on Drone Sales Would Hurt Arms Pact: RIA

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The Trump administration plans to reinterpret the deal between 34 nations in order to allow U.S. defence contractors to sell more American-made drones to various nations, three defence industry executives and a U.S. official told Reuters.


U.S. to Unveil Voluntary Self-Driving Testing Data-Sharing Effort

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in its investigation of the March 2018 death of a pedestrian in a crash with an Uber test vehicle, the first attributed to a self-driving car, said in November that NHTSA should make self-driving vehicle safety assessments mandatory and ensure automated vehicles have appropriate safeguards.


Drone Delivery Service to Drop Books for Virginia Students

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Students aren't able to visit school libraries during the summer months anyway, but the pandemic has made it especially hard for many families to keep getting free reading material until public libraries reopen. Wing's library book delivery service is available to any of the roughly 600 students in the district who live in the delivery area. They won't have to return the books until school starts up again in the fall, Passek said.