facial recognition


Facial recognition is here to stay. And we should all probably accept it

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For the past few years, the world's biggest tech companies have been on a mission to put artificial-intelligence tools in the hands of every coder. The benefits are clear: Coders familiar with free AI frameworks from Google, Amazon, Microsoft, or Facebook might be more inclined to someday work for one of those talent-starved companies. Even if they don't, selling pre-built AI tools to other companies has become big business for Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. Today these same companies are under fire from their employees over who this technology is being sold to, namely branches of the US government like the Department of Defense and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Workers from Google, Microsoft, and now Amazon have signed petitions and quit in protest of the government work.


Amazon employees protest sale of facial recognition software to police

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Workers at Amazon have demanded that their employer stop the sale of facial recognition software and other services to the US government. In a letter addressed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and posted on the company's internal wiki, employees said that they "refuse to contribute to tools that violate human rights," citing the mistreatment of refugees and immigrants by ICE and the targeting of black activists by law enforcement. The letter follows similar protests at Google and Microsoft. "As ethically concerned Amazonians, we demand a choice in what we build, and a say in how it is used," says the letter, first reported by The Hill. The employees (it's not clear how many signed the letter) refer to the sale of computer services by IBM to the Nazis as a worrying parallel.


Amazon Employees To Jeff Bezos: Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tech To ICE

International Business Times

Amazon's operation has grown well beyond merely delivering items to people's homes. Jeff Bezos's massive corporation is now involved in everything from grocery shopping to fashion, but the recent revelation that Amazon technology assists law enforcement is a bridge too far for some employees. A group of Amazon employees (referred to as Amazonians) penned a letter to Bezos on Thursday asking the billionaire CEO to halt the sale of facial recognition technology to law enforcement agencies, The Hill reported. The software, called Amazon Web Services Rekognition, has been linked to government agencies like the controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The letter cited the United States government's history of injustice towards minorities in calling for Amazon to stop assisting ICE.


Amazon Employees Ask Bezos To Stop Selling Facial Recognition To Cops

Forbes Technology

Amazon staff have called on founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos to stop sales of AWS Rekognition facial recognition tech to U.S. law enforcement. Amazon employees have written a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos in which they ask the company to stop selling its facial recognition tool to American law enforcement. The tech giant's sales to U.S. cops was revealed by an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) investigation earlier this month, as it emerged Amazon Web Services' Rekognition tool was shipped to police in Florida and Oregon. The cost of the tool was also revealed to be remarkably low, as evidenced by a Forbes test of the product, in which a facial recognition project was set up for free across the publication's Jersey City and London offices.


Employees ask Amazon not to sell face recognition to law enforcement

Engadget

A group of Amazon employees has penned a letter to company chief Jeff Bezos, asking him to stop selling facial recognition to law enforcement. They said that "in the midst of historic militarization of police, renewed targeting of Black activists, and the growth of a federal deportation force currently engaged in human rights abuses," Amazon's facial recognition software will surely serve as a powerful surveillance tool for the government. They also pointed out that a tool like it will "ultimately serve to harm the most marginalized." The employees wrote the letter after an American Civil Liberties Union investigation revealed that the tech giant sells its Rekognition facial detection system to law enforcement customers. Orlando's police chief admitted that the city's cops are testing the software in their headquarters and in a few places downtown.


DNA facial prediction could make protecting your privacy more difficult

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Technologies for amplifying, sequencing and matching DNA have created new opportunities in genomic science. In this series When DNA Talks we look at the ethical and social implications. Everywhere we go we leave behind bits of DNA. We can already use this DNA to predict some traits, such as eye, skin and hair colour. Soon it may be possible to accurately reconstruct your whole face from these traces.


Tech Employees Are Rallying Against Their Companies' Work With ICE

Mother Jones

On June 17th, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff retweeted images from a CBS reporter of a detention facility in McAllen, Texas where children slept on the floor, covered in emergency blankets. Just a few days later, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent an all-staff email calling President Donald Trump's immigration policy "cruel and abusive." In March, Beinoff's company signed a contract with US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to provide cloud services in order to boost the agency's hiring efforts, something that CBP has long struggled with. And at Microsoft, employees have organized to demand that Microsoft cancel its $19.4 million contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for data processing and, potentially, facial recognition software. An NBC investigation also identified active contracts between ICE and a host of prominent tech companies--Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Thomson Reuters, Motorola Solutions, and Palantir--each worth tens of millions.


What does your face reveal about you, and who is the better judge: humans or AI?

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"I never forget a face", "She's got an honest face", "You could see it in his face", and "She looks young for her age" are just a few of the often-used phrases suggesting that faces are important for our interactions with other people and what we think we know about them. But can people really remember faces as well as they think they do, and can we really tell someone's age from their face? Or can artificial intelligence (AI) do it better? And can we really tell if someone is trustworthy just by looking at their face? Research shows that humans exhibit a wide range of facial recognition abilities.


Find out which World Cup footballer you look like with this AI tool

Daily Mail

Are you more of a Ronaldo or a Kane? A new AI-powered tool, which uses facial recognition technology to find your football doppelganger, will help you find out. The artificial Intelligence will attempt to match your likeness with one of the 736 professional sportsmen currently competing in the World Cup in Russia. You can test the hilarious tool below – or via this link. To test the'Find Your World Cup Twin' tool, hit the Upload Image button at the bottom of the screen.


Oppo's high-end Find X phone: Full screen, no notch but will you like pop-up camera?

ZDNet

Vide: What's new in Google's latest update to Android P? Chinese phone maker Oppo has unveiled the Oppo Find X, an Android smartphone with a 6.4-inch OLED display that spans almost its entire front surface. Rather than follow the standard notch answer to edge-to-edge displays, Oppo has gone with a mechanical pop-up camera behind the display, leaving the screen free of any cutouts for the selfie camera and facial-recognition sensors. The Find X's'stealth 3D camera' will rise up when the camera app is opened and retracts when it is closed. It features a whopping 25-megapixel front-facing camera and a dual 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel rear camera. As noted by CNET, the front-facing 3D face-scanner improves selfies and unlocks the phone.