The decision came amid national protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody. The company doesn’t sell facial recognition technology to police and said this policy will continue until legislation “grounded in human rights” is passed, Microsoft President Brad Smith said at a Washington Post live event. … [Read more...] about Microsoft Says It Won’t Sell Its Facial Recognition Tech To Police Without Federal Oversight
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MOSCOW: When nurse Maria Alexeyeva caught coronavirus at work, she isolated herself at home and followed the rules set down by Moscow authorities: She checked in with doctors regularly, didn't leave her apartment and downloaded a smartphone app required by the city to keep tabs on quarantined patients. The Social Monitoring app tracks users via GPS and sends them random notifications demanding a selfie to prove they're still at home. If it detects they've left home or they fail to provide a photo, they face a fine of about $56 each time. But soon the app became a nightmare for Alexeyeva. It crashed when she tried to take a photo. Weak with illness, she struggled with the software for days, sometimes on hold for hours with technical support. And when her quarantine ended, she discovered she had accumulated 11 fines totaling $620. "That's more than my monthly wage,'' Alexeyeva told The Associated Press. "This quarantine has been hard on me. And now I have to deal with this on top of … [Read more...] about Virus-tracking app angers thousands in Moscow with fines
Michael Davies, who runs the New Technology Ventures program at London Business School, said technology will be one of many changes to the airport experience going forward, with fewer overall travelers who will be seeking more space and spending less time dining and shopping. … [Read more...] about Touchless: How the World’s Busiest Airport Envisions Post-COVID Travel
DFW has invested millions of dollars above its cleaning and sanitation budget since the pandemic broke out, while suspending about $100 million of capital programs and reducing its second-half operating costs by about 20% as it addresses COVID-19’s steep hit to the industry, which only months ago was preparing for growth. … [Read more...] about Touchless: How the world’s busiest airport envisions post-COVID travel
How would I get my stimulus check? Like last time, you would receive your stimulus check through direct deposit. You’ve more than likely already set up your direct deposit information through the Internal Service Revenue (IRS) web portal for the initial round of stimulus checks. If you didn’t last time around, you can still enter your information on the IRS website, even if you don’t normally file taxes. … [Read more...] about Second stimulus check: What to know, who qualifies, and how much will you get?
Perhaps the most egregious are what may be called “mugshot AI,” which claims to unearth useful patterns from physiognomic characteristics. From phrenology to palmistry, pseudosciences that claim to tell personality and mental states from physical characteristics are nothing new. AI’s newfound ability to process, recognize or find patterns from large-scale physiognomic data has, however, given a dubious new lease to these dubious undertakings. Various companies claim to discern personality characteristics, including criminality, from mugshots or to speed up recruitment by analyzing job candidates from online video interviews. Indeed, there is a tremendous temptation to look for some arbitrary correlational mapping from one high-dimensional object — a person’s face, voice, posture — to another critical decision variable, given enough data. … [Read more...] about Why are Artificial Intelligence systems biased?