Tag: facial recognition

Kairos raises $4 million for facial recognition technology

Miami, Florida-based facial recognition startup Kairos today announced that it has raised $4 million from individual investor E. Jay Saunders, chair and CEO of regulation technology company Domus Semo Sancus, bringing Kairos’ total raised to $17 million. The fresh capital will be used to “help [Kairos] continue innovating at the vanguard […]

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Jumio Authentication uses selfies to authenticate users

You can tell a lot about a person from their facial features and expression — whether they’re displeased or frustrated, for example, and their relative age and weight. That’s why popular smartphones employ facial recognition as their authentication method of choice, and why Palo Alto-based identity-as-a-service provider Jumio’s new product […]

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Amazon weighs in on potential ‘legislative framework’ for facial recognition

Amazon supports the creation of a “legislative framework” covering facial recognition technology. That’s according to Michael Punke, vice president of global public policy at Amazon’s AWS division, who penned a blog post this week outlining proposed guidelines for the “responsible use” of face-classifying software by private, commercial, and government entities. […]

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Google is adding support for Face ID-like hardware to Android Q

Both XDA Developers and 9to5Google have spotted another upcoming feature in Android Q: more secure native facial recognition. Think Apple’s Face ID rather than Android’s existing Trusted Face system. Other OEMs like Xiaomi and Huawei have already shoehorned in their own facial recognition solutions, but now Google is bringing the feature to the (literal) source. Details […]

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MIT researchers claim Amazon’s Rekognition is susceptible to bias

Amazon’s facial analysis software distinguishes gender among certain ethnicities less accurately than competing services from IBM and Microsoft. That’s the conclusion drawn by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers in a new study published today, which found that Rekognition, Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) object detection API, fails to reliably determine the sex of […]

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Microsoft CEO: Face recognition technology is basically the Wild West right now

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been beating the privacy drum hard this week during an appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, telling attendees that the US needs its own version of Europe’s new GDPR regulatory framework. And, speaking of regulations, he’s also been especially vocal that facial recognition technology desperately needs governmental oversight […]

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#10YearChallenge: Harmless Trend or Boon to Facial Recognition Technology?

The #10YearChallenge was all fun and memes until last week after a tweet moved thousands of people to worry: Are we unknowingly helping giant corporations to improve their algorithms for biometric identification and age progression? The #10YearChallenge gained widespread traction on social media this month. It calls for posting two […]

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AI Weekly: Companies and lawmakers need to agree on facial recognition policies before it’s too late

After a summer-long saga of accusations, denials, and blockbuster reporting by the American Civil Liberties Union, the dust appeared to have settled on Amazon’s Rekognition scandal. But a letter from shareholders this week rekindled the flames, urging the company, which was worth an estimated $1 trillion in September 2018, to prohibit sales […]

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Researchers improve AI emotion classification by combining speech and facial expression data

Systems that can classify a person’s emotion from their voice and facial tics alone are a longstanding goal of some AI researchers. Firms like Affectiva, which recently launched a product that scans drivers’ faces and voices to monitor their mood, are moving the needle in the right direction. But considerable challenges […]

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2019: The year face recognition goes big and voice ads stall

Happy New Year! Unlike the holiday fruitcake we’ve all been avoiding the past couple of weeks, 2018 was far from stale. The year was riddled with controversies, excitement, and disappointments — from Facebook selling it’s soul … err, our souls, to the battle over net neutrality to Apple hitting over […]

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3D-printed heads let hackers break into your phone

facial recognition is being used everywhere. to maintain security measures and help out police forces, to improve the retail experience for the everyday consumer, and to even help popstars like taylor swift track their stalkers. now forbes reporter thomas brewster has commissioned a 3D-printed model of his own head, testing the face unlocking system […]

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Facial recognition remains tempting but toxic for tech companies

In a blog post announcing support for the Asia Pacific AI for Social Good Research Network and highlighting Google’s efforts to use artificial intelligence (AI) to combat disease and natural disasters, Kent Walker, senior vice president of global affairs, wrote that Google wouldn’t offer a “general-purpose” facial recognition API through […]

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Latticework raises $13 million for Amber, a privacy-conscious NAS device

It seems nary a week goes by without a breach that compromises millions of personal files. On Monday, Google revealed that it will shut down its social network, Google+, months earlier than initially planned after the profiles of tens of millions were inadvertently exposed. In September, Facebook revealed that hackers […]

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Amazon pitched its facial recognition to ICE, released emails show

Department of Homeland Security reader comments 32 Share this story Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act filing by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) show that Amazon’s government sales unit was actively seeking to provide the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations with Rekognition, the controversial facial recognition […]

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The most interesting smartphone innovations in the last year (or so)

Article Contents We’ve seen our mobile devices evolve from novelties to ubiquitous, do-it-all pocket supercomputers in just a few decades. Lately, though, there’s been a sense of fatigue about the progression of mobile technology: the breakneck pace of big-ticket advancements has slowed, and even devices which we can’t find fault with just seem kind of […]

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Calgary malls caught secretly using facial recognition to characterise shoppers’ age and gender

Calgary’s Chinook Centre and Market Mall — operated by Cadillac Fairview — have been caught running background software that analysed the footage from the CCTVs in the malls’ electronic directories to guess at the age and gender of visitors, without consent or notification. The discovery was made when a visitor to Chinook Centre […]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 confirmed as ditching fingerprint reader in favor of iris scanner

Despite the advent of jumbo-sized smartphones, and a slow but steady drop in global tablet sales reported over the last few years, Samsung is seemingly keeping the faith in the Galaxy Tab family. It’s no longer a secret that there are at least two new models in the works, both of which are expected to […]

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Microsoft calls on government to regulate facial recognition tech

Microsoft is calling for government regulation of facial recognition, citing both the benefits and risks associated with the technology. “Facial recognition technology raises issues that go to the heart of fundamental human rights protections like privacy and freedom of expression,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a long essay today. For all the good it […]

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