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Turning off facial recognition can help reduce screen time, study says

Daily Mail - Science & tech

If you spend too much time on your smartphone, scientists have a list of 10 solutions that can help you cut back on screen time. The small but effective changes can help curb smartphone addiction and mental health issues such as depression, say experts at McGill University in Canada. In experiments, people following the strategies reduced their screen time, felt less addicted to their phone and improved their sleep quality, the experts report. Among the 10 strategies are changing the phone display to'greyscale' so the display appears black and white, and disabling facial recognition as a method of unlocking the screen. A black and white screen makes smartphones'less gratifying' to look at compared to the bright colours offered by app icons such as TikTok and Instagram.

In 2022, tech continues its rise in the Arab world - KAWA


Among others, facial recognition, used in the United Arab Emirates through the "UAE Pass", an application that allows users to access more easily the services provided by various government agencies, banks, but also delivery companies and supermarkets.

Ukrainians Use Drones, Facial-Recognition Software as They Probe Alleged War Crimes WSJD - Technology

BUCHA, Ukraine--Searching for evidence in the killings of hundreds of people by Russian troops here, Ukrainian prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko unlocked the double doors leading to a boiler room on the south side of town. The space had been used as an office by the occupying forces. Two weeks after Russia's retreat from areas around the Ukrainian capital, local and national authorities are embarking on a wide-ranging probe of alleged war crimes with the aim of building cases strong enough to persuade an international court to hold the Kremlin and its soldiers responsible.

The Download: Ukraine claims it's using facial recognition to identify dead Russian soldiers

MIT Technology Review

Clearview AI claims to be the world's "largest facial network," drawing from a database of more than 10 billion images scraped from publicly-available websites, including social media profiles, for use by customers including law enforcement agencies. Ukrainian authorities are messaging relatives to suggest they come and collect the bodies, Federov told Reuters, adding that the percentage of soldiers the software had recognised claimed by families had been "high." The true number of Russian soldiers to have died in Ukraine is unknown. While the Russian defense ministry admitted 498 of its troops had been killed in early March, US and Ukrainian officials estimate the total number of deaths is significantly higher. Yesterday NATO released estimates that up to 40,000 Russian troops have been killed, wounded, taken prisoner, or gone missing.

Revisiting Facial-Recognition Payment: Old Problems Still Lingering


China is a world leader in adopting innovative payment methods. Most Chinese today use their mobile phones to make payments and many people don't carry a physical wallet. Now facial-recognition payment (FRP, 刷脸支付) is gaining traction in China as well. To use FRP, users must first register their face and upload bank-card information to a mobile app. Then, they can complete payments by simply glancing at cameras positioned at the checkout in stores. FRP has become a popular payment method, used mostly in convenience stores, vending machines, and supermarkets.

Artificial Intelligence and Ethics


Artificial intelligence (AI) means a smart computer system like humans to solve complex problems. Machine learning (ML) is allowing machines to learn from available data so that they can give a precise output. AI is used almost everywhere in facial recognition, medical, online gaming, sports, automobile, insurance, airways, defence, government and private companies. Decision making on various attributes of our daily lives is being outsourced to artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms as they are motivated by speed and efficiency in the decision-making process. However, slowly, public and government are beginning to realise the dangers and complexity of programmes developed using AI and ML and the need for proper checks and balances in the way such programmes are used and developed. Therefore, it is important to take fairness into consideration while consuming the output from these programmes.

Inside the terrifying future of shapeshifting robots that will manipulate your emotions


As humans work to become less socially robotic these days, robots are becoming more human-like. With recent advancements, robots could be shifting shapes, helping manage your emotions and much more. Japanese researchers from the RIKEN Guardian Robot Project have created Nikola, an android kid capable of communicating six basic emotions – anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness and surprise. Three studies published in February in the journal Frontiers in Psychology demonstrated the robot's potential to portray human-like emotional facial expressions, an industry first for androids. The bot boy's face has 29 devices (pneumatic actuators) that control artificial muscle movement through air pressure allowing it to move like the real muscles in a human face.

How AI revolutioning is telecom sector


Artificial Intelligence has applications in all fields including telecommunications. Mobile data analytics, total network optimization, enhancing security, improvement of network operations, control of operational cost and network design are some of the areas where AI can be deployed. Prediction of consumer behaviour, introduction of such services which will be appreciated by him/her, launching of customised services, reduction of power consumption, improving resilience of the network, predictive maintenance, optimum utilisation of network elements, seamless provision of services and real time fraud detection and fraud prevention are other interesting applications of AI. As operators move from 4G to 5G implementation, network complexity and cost sharply increase because of implementation of Customer Experience Management (CEM), IOT, SDN (Software Defined Network), NFV (Network Function Virtualisation), 5G Radio access equipment and core infrastructure, 5G for private networks etc. But the average revenue per user is stagnating.

The Troubling Future for Facial Recognition Software

Communications of the ACM

George Orwell's novel 1984 got one thing wrong. A surveillance state will not have people watching people, as the Stasi did in East Germany. Computers will be the ones watching people. Technology lets you perform surveillance at an industrial scale. This is already happening in China, where facial recognition software is being used by law enforcement for catching relatively minor offenders such as jaywalkers to enabling much more disturbing activities such as tracking Uyghurs.

Creepy robot child is developed that can convey SIX facial expressions - and it's eerily human-like

Daily Mail - Science & tech

From Ex Machina to I, Robot, humanoid robots have been staple features of science fiction blockbusters for years. Now, lifelike robots are becoming more and more popular in the real world, and the latest offering is one of the most humanlike yet. Researchers from the RIKEN Guardian Robot Project in Japan have developed a robot child called Nikola, which can convey six basic emotions. The android has moving'muscles' in its face that allow it to convey happiness, sadness, fear, anger, surprise and disgust. While the bot currently lacks a body, its developers hope that it could have a range of uses in the near future.