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Stacey Spikes, the co-founder of the ongoing psychological experiment known as MoviePass, has a new offer he’s sure you can’t refuse: absolutely free movie tickets.
All he needs from you in exchange is wh…
President Trump is rolling out facial recognition technology at 20 of the largest domestic U.S. airports. The motion will affect more than 100 million passengers. The controversial technology is a bid to improve security agents’ “biometric verificatio…
View More Facial recognition coming to U.S. airports by 2021
Digital identity startup Passbase has bagged $600k in pre-seed funding led by a group of business angel investors from Alphabet, Stanford, Kleiner Perkins, EY; as well as seed fund investment from Chicago-based Upheaval Investments and Seedcamp. The 2018-founded Silicon Valley-based startup — whose co-founder we chatted to briefly on camera at Disrupt Berlin — is […]
View More Passbase is building a full stack identity engine with privacy baked in
On Thursday, Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz and Missouri Senator Roy Blunt introduced a bill designed to offer legislative oversight for commercial applications of facial recognition technology. Known as the Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act, the bill would obligate companies to inform consumers about any use of facial recognition and proposes limiting companies from freely sharing […]
View More Bipartisan bill proposes oversight for commercial facial recognition
If your face has ever appeared in a photo on Flickr, it could be currently training facial recognition technology without your permission.
As per a report by NBC News, IBM has been using around one million images from the image-hosting platform to train its facial recognition AI, without the permission of the people in the photos.
In January, IBM revealed its new “Diversity in Faces” dataset with the goal to make facial recognition systems fairer and better at identifying a diverse range of faces — AI algorithms have had difficulty in the past recognising women and people of colour. Read more…
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View More Your social media photos could be training facial recognition AI without your consent
China is getting serious about the way live streaming videos affect tens of millions of youngsters, so much so a top authority has proposed to tighten restrictions on underage use. According to a report from the China Youth Daily, the Communist Party-controlled All Youth Federation recently submitted a proposal during the once-a-year parliamentary session, urging […]
View More China’s authorities propose to keep minors out of live streaming
Last week brought an extraordinary demonstration of the dangers of operating a surveillance state — especially a shabby one, as China’s apparently is. An unsecured database exposed millions of records of Chinese Muslims being tracked via facial recognition — an ugly trifecta of prejudice, bureaucracy, and incompetence.
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Kairos, the facial recognition startup that found itself in turmoil following the ouster of founder and then-CEO Brian Brackeen last October, has raised $4 million in funding from E. Jay Saunders, CEO of Domus Semo Sancus. This brings Kairos’s total funding to $17 million. As of November, Kairos had just enough money to get through […]
View More Kairos gets a $4 million lifeline for its facial recognition software
Who will guard the guards? Amazon!
Amazon has released guidelines for facial recognition software that it wants lawmakers to consider when crafting legislation. With the post, Amazon joins Microsoft in calling for regulation of the technology, and notably, its application in law enforcement.
Notably, as the ACLU points out, Amazon’s suggestions place the burden of “misuse” of the technology onto the people using the tech — not onto the manufacturer, Amazon. Surprise!
“Proposing a weak framework does not absolve Amazon of responsibility for its face surveillance product,” Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU senior legislative counsel, told Mashable over email. Read more…
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View More Surprise! Amazon’s suggestions for facial recognition laws wouldn’t govern them at all
Screen time for kids, corporations allegedly not paying people from underrepresented groups and IBM offers some hope for the future of facial recognition technology: These are the topics that Megan Rose Dickey and I dive into on this week’s episode of Mixtape. According to research by psychologists from the University of Calgary, spending too much […]
View More Mixtape Podcast: Oracle’s alleged $400M issue with underrepresented groups
TechCrunch’s third robotics event is just over two and a half months away, and it’s already shaping up to be a doozy. We’ve already announced Anca Dragan, Melonee Wise, Hany Farid and Peter Barrett for our event and have an exciting pair of new names to share with you. UC Berkeley’s Alexei Efros and Affectiva CEO […]
View More Rana el Kaliouby and Alexei Efros will be speaking at TC Sessions: Robotics + AI April 18 at UC Berkeley
Encoding biases into machine learning models, and in general into the constructs we refer to as AI, is nearly inescapable — but we can sure do better than we have in past years. IBM is hoping that a new database of a million faces more reflective of those in the real world will help.
View More IBM builds a more diverse million-face dataset to help reduce bias in AI