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New Orleans reverses facial recognition ban amid surging crime

FOX News

Fox News contributor and New Orleans resident Raymond Arroyo discusses the ongoing crime crisis as New Orleans' murder rate climbs to one of the highest in the world on'Fox & Friends Weekend.' New Orleans city leaders approved a measure Thursday to reinstate the use of facial recognition software as an investigative tool, despite the technology raising privacy concerns, as crime continues to plague the city. The City Council passed a resolution in a 4-2 vote to use the controversial software technology, which is used in tandem with the Real Time Crime Center, a network of more than 500 cameras across the city, WDSU-TV reported. Speaking in support of the technology, police officials pointed to a policy of how facial recognition can be used with measures ensuring accuracy and rules to make sure it is not used as probable cause, NOLA.com reported. In a statement, the New Orleans Police Department thanked the council for passing the ordinance. Police vehicles block access to Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Anthony Mackie is reportedly launching his own movie studio in New Orleans

Mashable

Anthony Mackie is putting his money where his hometown is. The New Orleans-born actor who now wears the mantle of Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe closed a deal on Friday to purchase 20 acres of land in New Orleans East. It's believed that the location will be the home of East Studios LLC, a Mackie-led film studio, as multiple sources told the local news outlet NOLA.com. Any specifics beyond that are unknown at this point, though Mackie has leveraged his Marvel success in recent years to take a more high-profile role on the projects to which he's connected. He was credited as the executive producer on the 2019 science fiction film Io, and he's listed as a producer on two more recent streaming projects -- The Banker on Apple TV and Outside the Wire on Netflix.


Could artificial intelligence help predict Louisiana floods better? This LSU prof thinks so …

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Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, LSU professor Hartmut Kaiser is joining up with a team of scientists to help communities near …


Stephen Schaefer's Hollywood & Mine

Boston Herald

'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,' now streaming on Disney, marks a new direction for Marvel – a downsizing to television after 2 decades of big-screen superhero splendor. Marvel's top gun Kevin Feige, stars Anthony Mackie/Falcon and Sebastian Stan/Winter Soldier, and others gathered for a virtual press conference and discussed current and maybe upcoming developments. Q: Is there a possibility that there could be more seasons of'Falcon'? KEVIN FEIGE: It's a funny question and it's one that we obviously get asked much more in television. Because people expect it to be like what people know before.


Managing unstructured data is crucial to enterprises' AI goals

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For CenturyLink, customer surveys play an important role in understanding the customer experience. But, in the past, without the ability to analyze the unstructured data in these surveys, customer service teams couldn't drill down to identify the nature and characteristics of issues. "Using unstructured data is really important for us because that's where the real detail -- the meat -- comes in," said Beth Ard, vice president of customer experience at the Louisiana-based network services provider. "When you do scoring, for example, you don't have enough actionable insight to make the changes that you need without it." Most business analytics processes require clean and well-structured data, but enterprises are increasingly managing unstructured data formats -- emails, chat transcripts, audio and video, and social media posts.


Top 50 Statistics Blogs of 2019

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Statistics is a branch of mathematics that deals with the interpretation of data. Statisticians work in a wide variety of fields in both the private and the public sectors and can be found anywhere - Nevada, Washington, New Hampshire, Louisiana. They are teachers, consultants, watchdogs, journalists, designers, programmers, and by in large, ordinary people like you and me. In searching for the top statistics blogs on the web we only considered recently active blogs. In deciding which ones to include in our (admittedly unscientific) list of the 50 best statistics blogs we considered a range of factors, including visual appeal/aesthetics, frequency of posts, and accessibility to non-specialists.


From Eric the robot to Dorothy's slippers: 10 years of Kickstarter

The Guardian

The idea of Kickstarter first formed in the mind of Perry Chen in 2001. A native New Yorker, Chen was 25, living in New Orleans and working as a musician. He wanted to bring a pair of DJs he loved down to perform during Jazz Fest. He sorted out a venue, organised things with their management, but in the end the event didn't happen – Chen didn't have the funds to pay for the show if not enough people turned up. In his frustration, a thought occurred to him: "What if people could go to a website and pledge to buy tickets for a show? And if enough money was pledged, they would be charged and the show would happen. Over the years that followed, Chen held on to that simple idea. He moved back to New York in 2005, still more intent on making music than starting an internet company – he had no background in technology – but the thought wouldn't go away. He became friends with a music journalist, Yancey Strickler, who got sold on the idea, too. They talked about it with, Charles Adler, a designer and DJ, and the three of them formulated ideas and spoke to mates of mates who knew code or to people who might help fund such a thing. Eventually, in April 2009, eight years after the idea had first come to Chen, the three of them launched their website and waited at their laptops to see if other people thought it was a good idea too. In the first few days, a few emails trickled in, from people pitching ideas, wondering how the thing might work. And then, after a couple of weeks, a young singer-songwriter from Athens, Georgia, launched a project to fund her album, Allison Weiss Was Right All Along. "My name is Allison Weiss and I'm recording a new EP this summer.


AI and spices: Would you put cumin on a pizza?

BBC News

What do Tuscan Chicken, Bourbon Pork Tenderloin and New Orleans Sausage all have in common? They're all new spice mix flavours that have been developed by the world's biggest spice firm using artificial intelligence (AI). But with taste such a subjective experience, can machines really do the job better than humans? And what does this mean for cultures that see spice as a clear token of identity? Spice giant McCormick, which sells spices to consumers but also develops flavours for the food industry, says it spent four years crunching through more than 40 years of flavour-related data, using machine learning to come up with new flavour combinations that human scientists might not have considered.


David Byrne Rode His Bike to Our Office and Talked About Everything

Mother Jones

David Byrne performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April.Amy Harris/Invision/AP Since the late-1970s, when David Byrne formed the iconic (and alas, now-defunct) Talking Heads, his career has been an endless stream of fascinating side projects, starting with his super-weird, super-cool Brian Eno collab, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, and his scoring of choreographer Twyla Tharp's The Catherine Wheel. He founded his own World Music label, Luaka Bop, and wrote half a dozen books, including the best-selling quasi-memoir How Music Works. His obsession with the National Color Guard Championships led to a documentary called Contemporary Color. Most recently, his American Utopia tour featured dancers and musicians untethered from the standard concert setup by means of wireless and wearable instruments--nary an amp nor drumset in sight. In November, as the tour wrapped up, came the re-release of Byrne's 1986 film, True Stories, which explores the inner lives and outer quirks of residents of a fictional Texas town and is based on stories from tabloid newspapers.