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Facial Recognition, Robotic Process Automation Companies Among Most-Funded AI Startups


Artificial intelligence startups, especially facial recognition and robotic process automation companies, are attracting major investments, with one AI developer receiving total funding of $1.63 billion, according to a recently published research report. CB Insights last week released a study on what it saw as the 100 most promising AI startups. As part of the report, the researcher included a list of what it found to be the most well-funded young companies. Many were developing automation tools, but CB Insights also included...

Bernie Sanders wants to ban police use of facial recognition


Fox News Flash top headlines for August 19 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com Bernie Sanders has called for a complete ban on the police use of facial recognition. The Vermont senator's proposal to "ban the use of facial recognition software for policing" is part of his broader criminal justice reform agenda. Facial recognition technology has drawn the ire of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, some of whom have called for a "time out" on its development.

TTT Studios An open conversation about AI ethics


Increased deployment of Artificial Intelligence around the world has torn open a very public and heated debate. While AI is being used to do things like sentence criminals, determine who should be hired and fired, and assess what loan rate you should be offered, it's also being leveraged to protect against poaching, detect illnesses sooner and more accurately, and shed new insights into fighting climate change. As we continue to develop AmandaAI here at TTT, we increasingly involve ourselves in the field. And as the technology continues to advance, we will continue to take on more and more clients who want to incorporate AI into their software. Since we're helping to create an AI-enabled future, we have a responsibility to explore what exactly that means.

Facial recognition could be used to improve weather forecasts

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Facial recognition software could be used to detect hail storms - and their severity. That's according to scientists at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research, who've tested the software's effectiveness on meteorological data. Specifically, they found that a deep learning model called a convolutional neural network can spot the early signs as they happen - better than current methods. The promising results, published in the American Meteorological Society's Monthly Weather Review, could be a game-changer for providing accurate weather warnings. AI: The promising results, published in the American Meteorological Society's Monthly Weather Review, could be a game-changer for providing accurate weather warning Whether or not a storm produces hail hinges on myriad meteorological factors.

Traces AI is building a less invasive alternative to facial recognition tracking โ€“ TechCrunch


With all of the progress we've seen in deep learning tech in the past few years, it seems pretty inevitable that security cameras become smarter and more capable in regards to tracking, but there are more options than we think in how we choose to pull this off. Traces AI is a new computer vision startup, in Y Combinator's latest batch of bets, that's focused on helping cameras track people without relying on facial recognition data, something the founders believe is too invasive of the public's privacy. We can use your hair style, whether you have a backpack, your type of shoes and the combination of your clothing," co-founder Veronika Yurchuk tells TechCrunch. Tech like this obviously doesn't scale too well for a multi-day city-wide manhunt, and leaves room for some Jason Bourne-esque criminals to turn their jackets inside out and toss on a baseball cap to evade detection. As a potential customer, why forego a sophisticated technology just to stave off dystopia? Well, Traces AI isn't so convinced that facial recognition tech is always the best solution; they believe that facial tracking isn't something every customer wants or needs and there should be more variety in terms of solutions. "The biggest concern [detractors] have is, 'Okay, you want to ban the technology that is actually protecting people today, and will be protecting this country tomorrow?'

Manchester City warned against using facial recognition on fans

The Guardian

Manchester City have been cautioned against the introduction of facial recognition technology, which a civil rights group says would risk "normalising a mass surveillance tool". The reigning Premier League champions are considering introducing technology allowing fans to get into the Etihad Stadium more quickly by showing their faces instead of tickets, according to the Sunday Times. If someone is recognised as having bought a ticket, they would be ushered in by a green light, and if not they would be halted with a yellow one. Hannah Couchman, the policy and campaigns officer at Liberty, said: "This is a disturbing move by Manchester City, subjecting football fans to an intrusive scan, much like taking a fingerprint, just so they can go to the Saturday game. "It's alarming that fans will be sharing deeply sensitive personal information with a private company that boasts about collecting and sharing data on each person that walks through the gate, and using this to deny people entry.

Facial recognition scanners are already at some US airports. Here's what to know

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Many airports hope to start using biometric scanners in lieu of passports to identify travelers. Buzz60's Tony Spitz has the details. The next time you go to the airport you might notice something different as part of the security process: A machine scanning your face to verify your identity. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been working with airlines to implement biometric face scanners in domestic airports to better streamline security. But how does the process work?

British mall tested facial recognition of shoppers

The Japan Times

LONDON โ€“ A British mall that scanned shoppers using facial-recognition cameras said on Friday it is no longer using technology that advocacy groups called a threat to privacy. Meadowhall in the northern city of Sheffield, which attracts more than 25 million visitors a year, used the surveillance with police in 2018, according to its owners British Land. "We conducted a short trial at Meadowhall, in conjunction with the police, and all data was deleted immediately after the trial," said spokeswoman Claire Scicluna. She said British Land would change its privacy policy to show "we don't use the technology at our sites" but refused to rule out using facial recognition at a later date. A police spokeswoman said its officers had supported a four-week trial to develop "opportunities associated with the use of this technology."

Privacy campaigners warn of UK facial recognition 'epidemic'

The Guardian

Privacy campaigners have warned of an "epidemic" of facial recognition use in shopping centres, museums, conference centres and other private spaces around the UK. An investigation by Big Brother Watch (BBW), which tracks the use of surveillance, has found that private companies are spearheading a rollout of the controversial technology. The group published its findings a day after the information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, announced she was opening an investigation into the use of facial recognition in a major new shopping development in central London. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has already raised questions about the legality of the use of facial recognition at the 27-hectare (67-acre) Granary Square site in King's Cross after its owners admitted using the technology "in the interests of public safety". BBW said it had uncovered that sites across the country were using facial recognition, often without warning visitors.

NIST Results Once Again Demonstrate SAFR's Consistency and Fairness Among Racial Groups - SAFR from RealNetworks Secure Accurate Facial Recognition


WIRED recently highlighted unacceptable levels of bias in facial recognition in the article The Best Algorithms Struggle to Recognize Black Faces Equally. They cited the poor test scores of leading facial recognition vendors, as reported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in its July 2019 results. WIRED specifically called out Idemia but generalized their concerns. "The NIST test challenged algorithms to verify that two photos showed the same face, similar to how a border agent would check passports. At sensitivity settings where Idemia's algorithms falsely matched different white women's faces at a rate of one in 10,000, it falsely matched black women's faces about once in 1,000 -- 10 times more frequently. A one in 10,000 false match rate is often used to evaluate facial recognition systems."