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This Article From 1985 Predicted Deadly Force by Police Would Be ‘Nonexistent’ in the Future

When you imagine the American police officer of the future, what do you see? In the 1980s, one police officer saw “supercops” — a highly trained force of professionals who had the most high-tech toys at their disposal and almost never killed people. Read More >>

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Companies in China Are Using Brain Sensors to Monitor Employees’ Emotions

Companies throughout China are using brainwave sensors to train workers and screen for mental fitness, South China Morning Post reports. More than a dozen factories are requiring workers to wear devices that use artificial intelligence to monitor their emotions. While officials say this saves money, the implications for workers are deeply troubling. Read More >>

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American Researchers Want to Use AI to ‘Predict’ When Crimes Are Gang-Related

Researchers in the US are using predictive artificial intelligence to help police officers classify crimes and determine whether they are gang-related. Read More >>

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Singapore Plans to Test Lampposts Equipped With Face Recognition Surveillance Cameras 

Last year, Singapore announced that it wants to turn every lamppost in the country, around 110,000 in total, into a wireless sensor network. And seeming to confirm the worst fears of privacy advocates, Singapore now says it plans to test cameras capable of facial recognition as part of its pilot program. Read More >>

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Grindr Shares Users’ HIV Statuses With Third Parties, Researchers Find

Popular gay dating app Grindr has been sharing users’ HIV statuses with third parties without informing users, BuzzFeed reported Monday. Read More >>

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When You Can Make ‘JFK’ Say Anything, What’s Stopping Him From Selling Doritos? 

Earlier this month, The Times teamed up with a tech company and a creative agency to digitally recreate “the speech JFK would have made in Dallas had he not been assassinated.” The Dallas Trade Mart speech never happened—Kennedy was killed the day he was supposed to deliver it—but thanks to artificial intelligence, you can now listen to “JFK” give the 22-minute speech in his own voice. Read More >>

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Facebook’s New Face Recognition Features: What We Do (and Mostly Don’t) Know

Being on Facebook means being seen, and recently some users have spotted a News Feed alert describing several new face recognition features coming to the social network. The notification looks like this: Read More >>

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Even When Spotting Gender, Current Face Recognition Tech Works Better for White Dudes

A new review of face recognition software found that, when identifying gender, the software is most accurate for men with light skin and least accurate for women with dark skin. Joy Buolamwini, an MIT Media Lab researcher and computer scientist, tested three commercial gender classifiers offered as part of face recognition services. As she found, the software misidentified the gender of dark-skinned females 35 per cent of the time. By contrast, the error rate rate for light-skinned males was less than one percent. Read More >>

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Google Has Made It Simple for Anyone Tap Into Its Image Recognition AI

Google released a new AI tool on Wednesday designed to let anyone train its machine learning systems on a photo dataset of their choosing. The software is called Cloud AutoML Vision. In an accompanying blog post, the chief scientist of Google’s Cloud AI division explains how the software can help users without machine learning backgrounds harness artificial intelligence. Read More >>