Thought About Face Recognition Technology

The content today ranges from the merely interesting to the WTF moments.

I joined Asgardia fairly quickly as soon as I heard about it (I believe I was in the first 250,000 to join). It’s all the rage in the scifi/tech world (or it was at the time of putting these notes to print)  A few minutes hanging out in the Facebook group, led me to quickly decide I wasn’t going to participate.  Not because it won’t succeed (I have my doubts about this) but because it was an exercise in trying to organize 250,000 people into working teams.  Oh yeah. That much anarchy is beyond even my tolerance level. While the tech folks were trying to assemble teams the socially conscious were doing their best to engage in “debates” about the who/when/where/what/why of the entire project to ensure it was socially responsible.  The closest thing I can give you is to suggest you read Seveneves by Neal Stephenson and you’ll understand when you get about half way through the book.

Asgardia: A Group For Space The Non-Government Way.

I joined this btw just to see what was going on.
Meet Asgardia, the proposed space nation for those who want to escape Earth   No startup ever faced such a literal threat of crashing and burning. Do you want BioShock? Because this is how you get BioShock.

Ever Thought About Face Recognition Technology?  You Should

Civil liberties groups ask for ‘moratoriums’ on face recognition tech

 Armed with new research, civil rights organizations are urging the Justice Department to investigate law enforcement’s excessive use of face recognition technologies. A coalition of more than 50 civil rights organizations asked the Department of Justice today to investigate the use of face recognition technology by local and state police and the FBI, after a report by the Georgetown

Cops Have a Database of 117M Faces. You’re Probably in It

A new report catalogues the sweeping scope and shoddy safeguards of U.S. law enforcement’s facial recognition tools.

Facebook’s Three-Point Plan to Get Four Billion More People Online

The social network wants to use satellites, drones and new forms of wireless to widen Internet access.

The Spies in Your Email

There’s a lot we don’t know about the big news, reported earlier this week by Reuters, that if you were a Yahoo email user in April 2015, Yahoo spied on your emails at the behest of a government agency. We don’t yet have a clear idea of whether the FBI or the National Security Agency was responsible, what kind of surveillance happened, for what purpose, for how long, and under what legal theory. But while a lot of the details need to be filled in, the outline we have should trouble us all. That April, Yahoo received some sort of classified demand that required it to scan every one of its users’ incoming emails, in real time, for a set of characters.

Google Is Listening

You know the cliché that if you’re not paying for the product, you are the product? It has its roots in a critique of the television industry, but it’s been more recently revived as a caveat about free online services such as Facebook’s and Google’s. There’s something to the notion that free, ad-supported products are really vehicles for delivering consumers to advertisers. Like any maxim, however, it’s a little too pat. There are, of course, free services that don’t sell their users to advertisers. And then there are products that you pay for that still sell their users to advertisers. Two of Google’s new flagship hardware devices, which the company announced in San Francisco on Tuesday, belong to this latter category.

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72 stunning things in the future that will be common ten years from now that don’t exist today

How many things do we own, that are common today, that didn’t exist 10 years ago? The list is probably longer than you think. Prior to the iPhone coming out in 2007, we didn’t have smartphones with mobile apps, decent phone cameras for photos/videos, mobile maps, mobile weather, or even mobile shopping. None of the mobile apps […]

The Seven Deadly Sins of Machine Intelligence

The year is 2028 and James Mathews has been summoned to appear in front of Winston III, the famous AI Judge overseeing an electronic courtroom, set up as a pilot project, but many have already dubbed it the justice system of the future. Mathews, the defendant for this test case, has developed an image-forming technology […]

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