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Apple's Face ID is bad, as this police encounter makes painfully clear


Face ID is not your friend. The biometric security feature, used in lieu of a passcode on Apple's later-model iPhones, allows people to unlock their phones with just a scan of the face. Importantly, as a security video from July of New York Department of Homeless Services police officers demonstrates in vivid detail, the person attempting the unlocking doesn't need to be the phone's owner. As Gothamist reported in July, Queens resident Anshuman Bhatia was walking home one day when he spotted a DHS officer without a mask. He took a photo of the officer, which Bhatia has a constitutional right to do (so do you), and then photographed a second maskless officer.

Radical AI podcast: featuring Mary L Gray


Hosted by Dylan Doyle-Burke and Jessie J Smith, Radical AI is a podcast featuring the voices of the future in the field of artificial intelligence ethics. In this episode Jess and Dylan chat to Mary Gray about "Ghost work and the role of compassion in tech ethics". In what way does technology make us more or less visible to each other? What is Ghost Work and how might it impact the future of work? How can AI Ethicists relate more intimately with compassion?

UC Berkeley researchers develop artificial intelligence to remove shadows from photos


Whether eating out at a restaurant or taking a hike in nature, UC Berkeley doctoral candidate Cecilia Zhang always has a camera at hand. As a lover of visual media, Zhang noticed that individuals are becoming increasingly reliant on mobile phones to take photos and wanted to find a way to bridge the gap between casual portraits and those produced in a professional studio. In order to fulfill this need and push casual photography forward, Zhang and researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Google and UC Berkeley have developed a way to minimize natural and facial shadows from portraits using artificial intelligence, or AI. "After going through thousands of casual portraits in the internet, I realized there's a large issue with lighting and shadows," Zhang said. "Most people don't have access to professional equipment and can't get the environment to bend to their needs."

Enjoy this monster list of the best Labor Day sales to shop this weekend


Marking the unofficial divide between summer and fall, Labor Day isn't just a free Monday off (for some) in honor of the U.S. labor movement. Unlike Prime Day and Black Friday, this year's Labor Day deals look to be panning out as (mostly) normal. The main difference that we're seeing is (unsurprisingly) an increase in offers related to people's quarantine shopping habits -- i.e., more deals on loungewear, camping equipment, gaming gear, and yes, even some face masks. In fact, video games are getting so much attention sale-wise this year that we've decided to give them their own category instead of lumping them in under "Tech" -- more on that in a sec. Trying to catch up on Selling Sunset?

The Company Ending Privacy as We Know It


This article is a transcript of a presentation I gave to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley about Clearview AI, a facial recognition company which the New York Times said "might end privacy as we know it." My presentation was based on an article earlier this year in Medium's OneZero. Thanks to the whole Rotary eClub team for the opportunity to present. This is the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley. Every week, we are trying to bring you cool and interesting material that will make you go, "Hmm. That's interesting," and hopefully will inspire you to act in some way, whether that's act in service, or perhaps even act in self defense. Because we are going to learn some really interesting stuff over the coming minutes, and that is a function of having as our speaker today, Thomas Smith. He goes by Tom when we were just speaking, so I'll refer to him as Tom. And Tom wrote an article recently that I found in OneZero, I think, via Medium. And I finished reading that article and thought, "Holy poop." So, so as a result of that, I actually reached out to him to say, "Could you speak to our Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley? And he was gracious enough to write back.

Themes in focus: artificial intelligence


While artificial intelligence (AI) is commonly associated with the high-tech science-fiction genre, common perceptions of its real-world application often amount to nothing more than a folly. In the real world, the technology is still in its infancy but already spans numerous everyday applications. These range from your mobile phone unlocking when you look at the camera to algorithmic trading based on multilingual news and social media posts. The first of two key inputs driving the proliferation of artificial intelligence is computing power (with the second being data). To illustrate how rapidly advancements in computing power have been in the last few decades we can take the 1969's high-tech Apollo 11 spacecraft computer which had 32,768 bits of RAM.

Xcelerating Life Sciences San Francisco: The Highlights Podcast


Artificial intelligence, including machine and deep learning, are revolutionizing the drug discovery and development process – bringing with it unprecedented levels of speed and efficiency. Meanwhile, San Francisco's unparalleled tech ecosystem provides Bay Area biotechs proximity to myriad opportunities for AI integration. Join us to explore the latest technology and business trends in this burgeoning sector through the lens of some of San Francisco's top life science leaders and rising stars, and learn how AI is impacting investment and partnerships.

The Smart Way To Profit Off The "Internet Of Things"


CHINA - 2020/08/13: In this photo illustration the American multinational technology company and ... [ ] search engine Google logo is seen on an Android mobile device with United States of America flag in the background. Google (GOOG) just made a statement. On August 3, Google announced that it's investing $450 million in home security company ADT (ADT). The investment will give Google a 6.6% stake in the company. You might be wondering why the tech giant wants anything to do with ADT.

Huawei, long resilient, suffers as U.S. ramps up pressure

The Japan Times

BEIJING – For nearly a decade, Huawei kept its worldwide sales growing even as Washington told U.S. phone companies not to buy its network equipment and lobbied allies to reject China's first global tech brand as a security threat. Focusing on Europe, Asia, Africa and China's booming market, Huawei became the biggest maker of switching gear and a major smartphone brand. As the White House cut off access to American components and Google's popular music and other smartphone services, Huawei unveiled its own processor chips and app development. Last year's sales rose 19 percent to $123 billion (¥13 trillion). But now Huawei Technologies Ltd. is suffering in earnest, as Washington intensifies a campaign to slam the door on access to foreign markets and components in its escalating feud with Beijing over technology and security.

Smartphone App And Deep Learning Help Detect Diabetes


Diabetes is one of the world's top causes of disease and death, affecting more than 450 million people worldwide. While technology has come a long way in helping to detect and manage diabetes, it still typically involves blood draws and clinical tools. Moreover, around half of all people with diabetes aren't even aware that they have the disease. Researchers at UC San Francisco have now come up with a promising method of detecting diabetes using a smartphone camera and some deep learning, utilizing the publicly available Instant Heart Rate app from Azumio to capture photoplethysmography (PPG) measurements. When a user places his or her fingertip over the phone's flashlight and camera, the app measures PPG's by capturing color changes in the fingertip corresponding to each heartbeat. This data is reported back to the user as the instantaneous heart rate.