U.S. civil liberties groups on Tuesday called on Amazon.com Inc. to stop offering facial recognition services to governments, warning that the software More than 40 groups sent a letter to Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos saying technology from the company's cloud computing unit was ripe for abuse. The letter underscores how new tools for identifying and tracking people could be used to empower surveillance states. Amazon has marketed a range of uses for its Rekognition service, unveiled in late 2016. These include detecting offensive content, identifying celebrities and securing public safety. In a blog post last year, Amazon said a new feature let customers "identify people of interest against a collection of millions of faces in near real-time, enabling use cases such as timely and accurate crime prevention." Customers provide the data for Amazon's tool to search. "Seconds saved in the field can make the difference in saving a life," Chris Adzima, an analyst in … [Read more...] about Amazon Is Warned About Government Use of Facial Recognition
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The Biden administration plans to withdraw a Trump-era proposal that would have greatly expanded the biometric data collected from immigrants, quashing a policy that would have allowed the government to demand eye scans, DNA and other data from those seeking to come to the U.S. The proposal from late in Trump's term never took effect, but immigration advocates were unnerved when the Biden administration earlier this year reopened the rule for comment, fueling concern the new administration would seek a similar pathway. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will withdraw the rule Friday, a source familiar with the plan told The Hill. The plans were first reported by BuzzFeed News . ADVERTISEMENT “This was one part of a multipart effort by the Trump administration to dramatically expand the personally identifiable information collected from noncitizens during their four years in office, but this was by far the most sweeping one,” said Jorge Loweree, policy … [Read more...] about Biden to withdraw Trump rule collecting DNA from immigrants, citizen sponsors
close Video Hands-off with Cadillac's Super Cruise The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is available with the latest version of GM's hands-free Super Cruise highway driving aid. Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu lets it take him for a ride. General Motors is developing autonomous vehicles through its Cruise division, which is already testing the vehicles on the streets of San Francisco without a driver behind the wheel , but you won't be able to buy one. The vehicles are intended for use in a ride-hailing servic e the company is hoping to launch in select cities soon, including Dubai where it recently signed a deal to become the city's exclusive self-driving taxi service. The Cruise Origin is a fully autonomous electric taxi GM plans to begin producing soon. (Cruise) For now, GM's retail customers have to settle for the Super Cruise driver-assist system, which is currently available on the Cadillac Escalade and Bolt EUV and will be … [Read more...] about General Motors CEO says autonomous vehicles may be on sale by 2030
President Joe Biden’s administration is reportedly set to end a Trump-era proposal that tried to expand the number of immigrants required to give biometrics for their applications. The proposal also would have increased personal information government officials could demand, including eye scans, voice prints, DNA, and photos used for facial recognition, BuzzFeed News reported Friday. “The proposed rule, which was issued in September, would have made it so the government could request biometrics from immigrants who have received some benefit, like a green card or work permit, at any point up until they are a US citizen to ensure continuous ‘vetting,'” the outlet said. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials will reportedly withdraw the rule Friday, the article continued: US Citizenship and Immigration Services officers generally only require fingerprints, a signature, and a picture from foreign national adults and those over 14 hoping to obtain certain immigration … [Read more...] about Report: Biden Administration to Withdraw Trump-Era Plan to Collect Immigrants’ DNA
To compete with China and shore up the American economy, the Biden administration is engaging in the long criticized industrial policy of choosing some industries to promote over others. Research and Development (R&D) tops the list of the chosen ones to the tune of $300 billion , and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the favorite technologies on the R&D list, right next to other “Breakthrough Technologies” such as electric vehicle technology, lightweight materials and 5G. Government reports and many journalists refer to AI as “a technology.” Actually, AI is not one technology but a whole toolbox of different technologies. To plan to invest more in AI is akin to calling for more investment in, say, renewables; both a good idea and a very incomplete thought. I am a student of public policy (including a year of hands-on experience in the White House), not of AI. That said, I note a striking difference between two AI agendas. One seeks to create an artificial brain that … [Read more...] about The Biden administration wants to invest in AI — but which kind?