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U.S. Exempts Self-Driving Vehicles From Some Crash Standards

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Belgian Faceprint Scheme Gives Coronavirus Masks the Human Touch

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A waiter at the "Lodge" restaurant wears a protective face mask depicting a picture of her face, as she works in Brussels, Belgium, June 23, 2020. Picture taken June 23, 2020. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - With impersonal anti-coronavirus masks rapidly becoming items of everyday use, a Belgian businessman decided it was time to give them a human face. Using a photo booth, software and a mobile phone app, Charles de Bellefroid is producing masks that have the lower half of the wearer's features printed on them. "We used our Cheesebox (photo booth) to capture the picture for customised masks," he told Reuters.


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.


Driver Free but Virus Fee? Robo-Car Firms Hit New Speed Bump

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Waymo has gradually expanded its service around Phoenix and now can run autonomously in an area about the size of San Francisco, Cadariu said. The company said that before the pandemic, it was running 1,000 to 2,000 rides per week. Between 5% and 10% were fully autonomous without human safety drivers, Waymo said.


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."