Facial recognition systems are on the rise by US government agencies

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Despite massive opposition and calls for a moratorium, feds are moving forward with this technology. Even as opposition rapidly rises, the US government is staying the course for increased use of facial recognition systems and related technologies. The US Government Accountability Office recently released a report with plans for the tech. The US Government Accountability Office report was called “Facial Recognition Technology Current and Planned Uses by Federal Agencies”. It outlined the existing and planned use of facial recognition systems and related technology by federal government agencies. It included a…

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Facial recognition technology is commonly used in US retail stores

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Many Americans have no idea that security cameras are tracking them as they shop in-person. Even as the opposition to using facial recognition technology in public spaces continues to grow, it is far more commonly used than many Americans realize. Security cameras in retail stores across the country are using this tech on a regular basis. Even as tech giants and police departments ban it, retailers are continuing to track consumers. New research from Piplsay as reported by TechRadar shows that just as facial recognition is commonly used in retail…

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Moscow’s vaccination QR code program cancelled shortly after launch

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The program intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in bars, cafes and restaurants. Residents of Moscow will no longer need to use the vaccination QR code that was issued in several forms including a barcode temporary tattoo. The quick response codes had been used to demonstrate a patron’s low risk of spreading the coronavirus. The vaccination QR code was issued to Muscovites when they provided proof of having received the COVID-19 vaccine, having immunity after having had and recovered from the disease, or after providing a recent negative test…

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Facial recognition technology requires ethical development, say investors

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A group of 50 investors have launched a push for an improved ethical approach to this tech. A $4.5 trillion investor group led by asset manager Candriam (New York Life subsidiary) have launched a call for companies involved in facial recognition technology development to proceed with improved ethics. Companies around the world have been developing and using the tech for a spectrum of applications. The group is comprised of 50 investors. It is calling on companies such as Facebook (Nasdaq stock symbol FB) and Amazon (Nasdaq stock symbol AMZN) to…

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Artificial intelligence app gauges cow and pig livestock happiness

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Wageningen University & Research scientists developed the application to gauge farm animal emotional state. An animal scientist working with Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands has developed an artificial intelligence app meant to measure farm animal emotional state. The technology gathers images taken with a smartphone and uses AI to determine the animals’ happiness. The researcher, Suresh Neethirajan, added his paper on his study to the bioRxiv preprint server, describing the artificial intelligence app and its effectiveness during testing. The purpose of the app and the research was to…

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