London artists called the Dazzle Club use makeup to defy facial recognition technology

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The artists use colorful geometric shapes on faces in a design they call “reverse contouring”. Once per month, a group of artists calling themselves the Dazzle Club have been making their way through the streets of London with strategically painted faces. Camera and facial recognition surveillance on London streets are heavy throughout the city. The Dazzle Club has become a monthly gathering as a component of an open-source project that tests various strategies to dodge facial recognition technology. The tech is widespread throughout the city of London and is used…

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Cow facial recognition technology is changing farming in India

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Tech for livestock farmers has become a serious business in the country where animal wearables thrive. Hundreds of tech start ups have launched in India focused on livestock, including cow facial recognition devices and systems. This trend is changing agribusiness in the country. Agri-science technology such as livestock wearable health monitors are vital to these producers. This agri-science boom has inspired investors as cow facial recognition has taken off as vital solutions for the industry. It has raised hopes within a struggling but important sector in the country, though government…

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New research uncovers facial recognition gender discrimination against transgender people

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More facial recognition technology flaws uncovered by researchers. Concerns about facial recognition flaws is nothing new, but now fresh research conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder has found that facial recognition gender discrimination is an issue, as these systems are failing to identify transgender people. The test found that facial recognition systems misidentified trans men as women 38% of the time. The researchers tested facial recognition systems from top tech behemoths Microsoft, IBM, Clarifai and Amazon. The researchers used photographs of trans men and learned that the systems misidentified…

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London cocktail bar to test facial recognition tech to better serve customers

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The technology helps bar staff know who is next in line for a pint. Facial recognition tech has been deployed at a cocktail bar in England’s capital. However, unlike how this technology is typically used by police and airport security, the purpose of the scanners that have been employed at 5cc Harrild & Sons is to ensure that customers are served on a first-come-first-serve basis. Since being implemented, the technology has reportedly reduced serving times. The facial recognition tech used by the bar has been integrated into an internet-connected webcam,…

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San Francisco to become first major US city to pass facial recognition ban

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The Californian city has banned the use of the technology by its police and other agencies. A facial recognition ban is likely to be enforced in San Francisco after an 8-to-1 vote in favor of banning the technology was carried out by the Board of Supervisors. This will make San Francisco the first major city in America to reject using the biometrics search tool to identify criminal suspects. Civil liberty groups have expressed concerns about the use of the technology after it was used last June. Back in June 2018,…

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