This has been quite an eventful week for the tech giants as they took a stance against the ongoing events in the US and have made efforts to bring in new regulations for the use of facial recognition technology. Apart from this, there are other hits and misses of AI. Let’s take a look at all the top AI news of the week:
If you were to ask any organization today, you would learn that they are all becoming reliant on Artificial Intelligence Solutions and using AI to digitally transform in order to bring their organizations into the new age. AI is no longer a new concept, instead, with the technological advancements that are being made in the realm of AI, it has become a much-needed business facet.
AI has become easier to use and implement than ever before, and every business is applying AI solutions to their processes. Organizations have begun to base their digital transformation strategies around AI and the way in which they conduct their business. One of these business processes that AI has helped transform is lead qualifications.
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Facial recognition technology has been a matter of grave concern since long, as much as to that, major tech giants like Microsoft, Amazon, IBM as well as Google have earlier this year, banned selling their FRT to police authorities. Additionally, Clearview AI’s groundbreaking facial recognition app that scrapped billions of images of people without consent made the matter even worse for the public.
In fact, the whole concept of companies using social media images of people without their permission to train their FRT algorithms can turn out to be troublesome for the general public’s identity and personal privacy. And thus, to protect human identities from companies who can misuse them, researchers from the computer science department of the University of Chicago, proposed an AI system to fool these facial recognition systems.
Termed as Fawkes — named after the British soldier Guy Fawkes Night, this AI system has been designed to help users to safeguard their images and selfies with a filter from against these unfavored facial recognition models. This filter, as the researchers called it “cloak,” adds an invisible pixel-level change on the photos that cannot be seen with human eyes, but can deceive these FRTs.
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There are many reasons why the movement to ban the police from using facial recognition technology is growing. This summer, reporters at the New York Times and Detroit Free Press revealed that Detroit police officers used faulty facial recognition to misidentify and wrongfully arrested two Black men, one for supposedly stealing watches, and the other for allegedly grabbing someone else’s mobile phone. Recent reporting at Gothamist revealed the New York Police Department deployed facial recognition technology to investigate “a prominent Black Lives Matter Activist.”
Technology companies have been harshly criticized for providing law enforcement with facial recognition technology. While IBM got out of the business and Microsoft and Amazon emphasize that they’re not currently providing facial recognition technology to police, companies like Clearview AI, Ayonix, Cognitec, and iOmniscient are continuing to work with law enforcement. Not every technology company, however, beats to the same drum. There are startups that are geared to limiting the dangers posed by facial recognition technology.
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Rite Aid stores have been using facial recognition software on customers in 200 stores, according to a Reuters investigation published this week.
These cameras were rolled out over the course of eight years and reportedly placed in lower-income and predominantly Black and Latinx neighborhoods, according to Reuters. They have also frequently misidentified people of color: A man stopped while shopping at Rite Aid even filed a complaint about algorithmic racial profiling with the California Department of Public Affairs in 2016.
The Reuters story paints a dark picture of an intrusive and flawed technology being developed, tested, and implemented in relative secrecy, and then quietly foisted onto customers in hundreds of locations across the country.
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