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Argonne Researchers Using Artificial Intelligence To Shape The Future Of Science (News Wise, May 25, 2021)
Artificial intelligence is being called ​“the next generation of the way we do science.” At Argonne, researchers are leveraging the lab’s state-of-the-art-facilities and unparalleled expertise to shape the very future of science. While artificial intelligence (AI) is already part of our daily lives in countless ways — from the facial recognition on our smartphones to e-commerce to a doctor’s ability to make more accurate medical diagnoses — researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are leading efforts to leverage AI to accelerate new and potentially transformative discoveries in science.

AI Is Being Used To Profile People From Their Head Vibrations (Fast Company, May 25, 2021)
Digital video surveillance systems can’t just identify who someone is. They can also work out how someone is feeling and what kind of personality they have. They can even tell how they might behave in the future. And the key to unlocking this information about a person is the movement of their head. That is the claim made by the company behind the VibraImage artificial intelligence (AI) system. (The term “AI” is used here in a broad sense to refer to digital systems that use algorithms and tools such as automated biometrics and computer vision). You may never have heard of it, but digital tools based on VibraImage are being used across a broad range of applications in Russia, China, Japan and South Korea.

MSG considered facial recognition technology to ID Charles Oakley: ‘Shattered’ (The Athletic, May 25, 2021)
Madison Square Garden considered using facial recognition technology to identify whether former Knicks great Charles Oakley attempted to attend a game at the Garden, according to a former MSG employee who spoke with the podcast "Shattered: Hope, Heartbreak and the New York Knicks." In 2017, a few months after Oakley was removed from the Garden by MSG security, the former employee said he was asked by a manager to build out a plan for how the Garden could run its security cameras through an image recognition system.

Facial Recognition Is Racist. Why Aren’t More Cities Banning It? (VICE, May 25, 2021)
Early in 2020, a coalition of civil rights and community groups in Minneapolis joined forces to campaign for a sweeping city ordinance that would have given residents unprecedented insight into the Minneapolis Police Department’s use of surveillance technologies, and the power to decide how those tools were used in the future. It promised to be an uphill battle.

New Facial Recognition Software Has Scary Accuracy (WFXB, May 25, 2021)
A new facial recognition software has scary accuracy and while it can be a good thing it may also be bad. The new search tool can scan through more than 900 million images and is available to anyone who’s willing to pay. And while this could help police catch a bunch of criminals it can also aid the bad guys as well if they can afford it.

Minnesota Law Increases Transparency on Police Use of Drones (Governing, May 25, 2021)
The state's largest law enforcement agencies are ramping use of drones that can capture information on criminals and civilians alike, and a new state law is ensuring the public knows more than ever about their usage. The law mandates that agencies submit an annual report on drone usage, costs and if a search warrant was obtained for a flight. The law also requires law enforcement agencies to publish their drone policies on their websites. "We tried to stay above board and be very transparent," said Major Jeff Storms of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. "Our biggest fear was having something taken away from us that has been so useful."

Next Biometric Tech Rally Will Continue with Challenges of Face Masks; Include Demographics (Defense Daily , May 25, 2021)
This fall the Department of Homeland Security will conduct its annual Biometric Technology Rally with a continued emphasis on how well the technology works when travelers are wearing face masks and for the first-time program officials plan to include test results…

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Iris ID’s IrisTime™ iT100 Adds Manusonic Time and Attendance Software (Iris ID, May 25, 2021)

Iris ID, the global leader in iris recognition technology for over 20 years, announced Ontario, Canada-based Manusonic has integrated its time and attendance software with the IrisTime iT100, Iris ID’s customizable and contactless biometric time and attendance terminal. Manusonic provides time and attendance solutions to a wide variety of markets throughout North America.


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