You can unlock your computer with it, automatically have your photos sorted by who s in them, and even swap your face with your dog in Snapchat.Strangely, in its video demo and marketing images, FindFace seems to focus only on women, which makes the app look like it could be used for nefarious purposes.Already, the startup has been approached by the local Moscow government to work alongside the city s 150,000 CCTV cameras to help identify criminals on-the-fly.Kabakov imagines a world where cameras fix you looking at, say, a stereo in a shop, the retailer finds your identity, and then targets you with marketing for stereos in the subsequent days, The Guardian reported.In today s world we are surrounded by gadgets, Kabakov told The Guardian.This means the FindFace algorithm can t access multiple profile images like it can with the less secure Vkontakte.
Spot someone you fancy walking down the street?Gone are the days when you could simply daydream of what might have been before casting their beautiful faces aside and getting on with the rest of your life.View photosMore mokhtari/Thinkstock FindFace does what it says on the tin, purporting to be able to find anybody in VK.com – Russia s largest social network.Despite launching just two months ago, the app has already racked up 500,000 users who have made almost 3 million searches, according to the Guardian.To increase the accuracy of the results, you can specify age, location and relationship status.Critics have warned the technology is a threat to individuals privacy, but the app s founder Alexander Kabakov believes people have no choice but to work with technological developments.
More In this Friday, May 20, 2016 photo, Tyler Cullen, of Vulcan Security Technologies, looks at video screens in the Hartford police Real-Time Crime and Data Intelligence Center in Hartford, Conn. Staff at the center analyze data from surveillance cameras, gunshot detectors, license plate scanners and other sources.Vulcan Security Technologies helped set up the center.AP Photo/Dave Collins HARTFORD, Conn. AP -- Live video feeds from cameras across Hartford, Connecticut, light up a wall of flat-screen monitors in a high-tech room at the city's old police department, while computers take in data from license plate readers and a gunshot detection system.Real time crime centers have opened in the past year in Hartford; Wilmington, Delaware; and Springfield, Massachusetts.They also tap into surveillance cameras at schools and businesses — after getting permission in a process agreed upon beforehand — to help police respond to active shooters and other crimes.Civil liberties advocates also have concerns about airports and how many police departments are now using facial recognition software to track and identify people, saying such software is known for mistakes.
There s no facial recognition installed yet, but officials said it could be added.Johnmichael O Hare, the head of the Hartford center, in the few months it has been open the technology has already assisted in hundreds of criminal cases that resulted in arrests.Speaking of the help the center gives Hartford s police officers, O Hare says, It s huge.But now that s changing, thanks to federal funding and money from drug bust forfeitures.New centers are also in in planning for Bridgeport, Connecticut, Modesto, California, and Wilmington, North Carolina.When facial recognition software is used with such systems, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups raise questions about possible detection errors and the potential for invasion of privacy.
Project Abacus aims to replace passwords and is expected to start trails soonGoogle is stepping up its Project Abacus, which will make Android apps password free by the end of 2016.Google recently announced at its I/O developer conference that Project Abacus is slated to begin trial with "several large financial institutions" in June.The tech giant introduced Project Abacus at its 2015 I/O conference, where it explained the concept for the project and that it was inspired by the inability of most people to remember passwords.However, it proposed analysing they way people use their phones, including they manner in which they speak, type, as well as their location to identify the authenticity of a user.The company said that this would be more efficient instead of asking users to type in passwords, which are easy to forget.Currently, most tech firms and even financial institutions incorporate the two-factor authentication method, which involves requesting users to input their login details as well as inputting an additional code or a unique PIN, which is sent to users via email or an SMS on their phones.
Faception has already signed a contract with the US Homeland Security, yet experts remain cautious about the techAn Israeli startup claims to have developed new facial imaging technology which can identify anyone, be it poker players, geniuses, extroverts, terrorists or paedophiles, just by looking at a subject's face.Tel Aviv-based Faception has reportedly already signed a contract with US Homeland Security which will involve using the firm's facial recognition software to help identify terrorists.Faception has, so far, developed 15 classifiers which the firm claims can determine personality traits with 80% accuracy.The company's chief executive, Shai Gilboa, said: "We understand the human much better than other humans understand each other.The Israeli firm claims to back up its results and technology by using "social and life science research", citing a study conducted by Edinburgh University that examined the association between personality traits and genetics by studying identical and non-identical twins.Two of the firm's predictions turned out to be accurate, when they went on to be listed among the three finalists in the event.
So far, so uncontroversial.Faception has been working on its classifiers for more than three years now with the best team in the world to get where we are today, says co-founder Gilad Bechar, who is now at Moburst, a marketing company in New York, but remains on the Faception board.Many machine vision researchers are crying foul, however.There are always accuracy issues with machine learning algorithms, he says.In the past few years, physiognomy – the notion that a person s character can be assessed from their appearance – has enjoyed a mild comeback after long being relegated to pseudoscience.But even the more recent results have been quite broad.
Initiatives such as language translation and image, facial, activity and emotion recognition - are based on predictive analytics that get more accurate as the data behind them gets richer."Looking ahead, new and established MI companies will use millions of internet images, videos and podcasts of people smiling, laughing, frowning, talking, arguing, holding hands, walking, playing football and so on as the basis for unprecedented emotion and activity recognition capabilities.Software and hardware advances: It's long been known that neural networks and parallel processing would be important development tools of AI because they more closely resemble the way the human brain works.Cloud business models: The emergence of machine learning business models based on the use of the cloud is the single biggest reason that the field is so energized today, the report said: "We are essentially seeing the merger of machine intelligence with cloud economics."Before the cloud, most AI work was isolated and relatively high cost, but the economics of the cloud mean machine learning capabilities, such as recognizing faces or translating languages, will cheap and easy to use"It is this realization that is triggering both the explosion of highly specialized MI start-ups, as well as the major machine intelligence pushes at Google, Facebook, Microsoft,Apple, IBM and their various global rivals."Map the relevant MI services and technologies to your firm's value chain.
Earlier this week The Information reported that Apple is making a smart hub to compete with the very cool Amazon Echo and recently announced Google Home.Consumer technology companies new favorite thing is to get their remarkably well-designed talons into every aspect of our lives.Google Home worries me because Google already has my emails, search habits, and TV preferences and with Google Home it wants to sit on my mantle and listen to my every fart.But at least it isn t rumored to have cameras with facial recognition like Apple s skunkworks home helper.That would let the device automatically pull up a person s preferences, such as the music and lighting they like, the sources said.It s great that Apple wants to effortlessly acknowledge my love of mood lighting and a little Sleater-Kinney.
But on Friday morning, the senator's spokesperson reached out to Ars saying that the bill "had been put on hold," although he would not comment on the reasons for the decision, nor would he speak to when or if the amendment might be revived.If it passes, the amendment would pull the rug out from under a number of lawsuits filed against Facebook, Google, and Snapchat for using facial recognition in photo tagging.A law firm representing plaintiffs in the Facebook case suggested that Sen. Link proposed the amendment yesterday and added it to a bill that has been languishing since February so that state representatives would move to quickly pass the amendment before Memorial Day.The Center for Democracy and Technology wrote that the piece of legislation was proposed "without time for sufficient public debate, less than a week before the end of a legislative session" in an "undemocratic maneuver that minimizes the potential for public engagement on a vital issue of policy and technology."Facebook requested that the lawsuit be moved from Illinois to a California district court, and this request was granted.Facebook had argued that the three Illinois residents had no grounds to sue because in 2015 the site amended its terms and conditions to stipulate that all cases against Facebook had to be litigated according to California law, which does not have such a stringent biometric privacy provision.
The device with the help of the in-built camera would be able to detect who is in the proximity of the speaker using facial recognition technology and automatically trigger that individual's preferences like choice of music and lighting.CNET, which reported the possible feature, says a source close to Apple has revealed that the company is still in the phase of deciding whether to include that built-in camera.As of now the future device's potential competitors Amazon Echo or the Google Home do not have cameras and can only be controlled by voice-activated speakers.Apple's device will also have the voice command feature with the help of its already existing assistant, Siri.When the news broke, most reports pointed towards it being a standalone hardware product, but a few days ago a report from VentureBeat stated that Apple will build the Amazon Echo-like features not as a new device but within its next-generation Apple TV itself.Google is also said to be developing an Amazon Echo-like portable speaker with voice assistant technology which is internally referred to as "Chirp".
While speedometers are relatively old and LPRs are increasingly catching on, facial recognition technology is not yet widespread in America.Agencies ranging from the FBI to the California attorney general's office have expressed their interest in the technology.A promotional video from Abu Dhabi published last fall demonstrates a souped-up, Hollywood-style imagining of what such advanced police surveillance could look like using the Ekin Patrol.According to five justices in Jones, despite there typically being no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public location because it is disclosed to all who care to see, we do retain a reasonable expectation of privacy in our longer term movements because those are not typically captured.Indeed, Dave Maass, a researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, similarly remains concerned that if this tech does come stateside, police agencies will be all too happy to deploy it without thinking through the consequences first.But Turkey neighbors an active war zone, he pointed out, and the threat of domestic terrorism means the calculus isn't the same as in the US.
The term 'biometrics' in its broadest sense refers to the measurement and analysis of human characteristics that are unique to particular individuals.Factors of authentication can essentially be summed up as something you know, such as a password, something you have, such as a dongle or smartphone, and something you 'are'.Biometrics are becoming increasingly feasible to use in a range of applications.For example, Heathrow now uses cameras at the e-Passport gates to perform facial recognition on people coming through.In February MasterCard rolled out an app which allows users to verify online payments with a selfie photo or a fingerprint.The touch screen or a dedicated pad in the case of the iPhone can be used to carry out fingerprint analysis, as is used to authenticate payments with Apple Pay.
You will soon be able to unlock your Windows 10 PC with a wearable or a non-Microsoft device.Microsoft announced it is opening up its Windows Hello feature to third-party devices at Computex in Taipei – an IT trade show organised by the Taipei Computer Association.It is part of a series of new updates to the company s Companion Device Framework that will allow other firms to create wearable gizmos that support unlocking Windows PCs.The tech giant didn t provide any timeline for the updates, but the assumption is it will be rolled out along with the upcoming Anniversary Update to Windows 10.And for those who don t have Windows 10, the company also revealed in a blog post that MouseComputer is releasing two new accessories that will allow users access to Windows Hello on their old PCs.The company also made several announcements at Computex – including a Windows 10 2-in-1 with support for Windows Hello 2.0 that was made in collaboration between an unnamed manufacturer and Porsche Design.
Even Samsung is game, just recently unveiling the first commercial installation of its Mirror Display in a Korean salon.Not to be left behind, Microsoft has revealed its own "Magic Mirror" DIY attempt, utilizing a Raspberry Pi and, of course, Windows 10 IoT Core.Perhaps that is partly thanks to having more resources at its disposal, though Microsoft promises that the whole setup is low-cost and can be assembled by anyone.Yes, this mirror will be able to identify your face.Luckily for those who plan on mimicking this project, Microsoft already provides facial recognition API in its "Microsoft Cognitive Services."Microsoft has made the source code of the app available as open source and even gives the list of materials it used.
Microsoft has revealed its design for a magic mirror that can display all your important notifications as you brush your teeth and use facial recognition to read your mood.The mirror was first previewed at Microsoft s developer conference earlier this year, but the company has now expanded on the idea in a new blog post, as well as confirmed the technical specifications to build the mirror are readily available to all.View photosMore Microsoft The Magic Mirror is comprised of a black LED screen displaying white characters that sits behind the mirror.Powered by two Raspberry Pi micro computers, Magic Mirror can then be programmed to offer a personal greeting as well as a round-up of the key things you need to know for the day – email, weather and traffic reports.View photosMore Microsoft Not only that, but using Microsoft s Cognitive Services and facial recognition technology, the mirror will be able to tell who you are and present personal information based on your profile.Should anyone want to attempt to build the mirror for themselves, Microsoft confirmed that it has made all the source code and building instructions available on GitHub – the online repository.
Microsoft unveiled a smart mirror at a technology conference held in Singapore last month that allows users to view both their reflections and relevant information like the time, weather and traffic directions.Microsoft s Magic Mirror is a one-way mirror with a 23.6-inch LCD-lit screen behind it that displays white UI elements on a dark background.The Magic Mirror s facial recognition system can recognize eight different emotions, including anger, happiness and surprise.Besides displaying information like the time and the weather, the mirror would also be able to tap into the Internet of Things and provide information like the fastest route to work.The facial recognition feature could also provide real-time information to advertisers on how people are reacting to an advertisement displayed on the smart mirror, Izzat Khair, a member of Microsoft Singapore s development team, told CNBC.The mirror is still in its demo stage and no commercial release date has been announced, but Microsoft has released the application source code and bill of materials for the device on GitHub for those interested in building one for themselves.
And another team of researchers proved that it s possible to hide a hackable backdoor in a processor that consists of only one single, microscopic component out of a billion.In total, the collection of breached passwords for sale has now risen to 642 million—not a number the information security industry can be proud of.Just when the week of megabreaches seemed at an end, breach-monitoring service Leaked Source discovered an apparently hacked collection of as many as 127 million accounts, including hashed passwords, from the UK-based social networking service Badoo.In early May, the FBI filed a proposal to create an exemption in the Privacy Act for its so-called Next Generation Identification System, a collection it s building of biometric data from more than 70 million criminal records and 38.5 civil ones, including state motor vehicles departments, visa applications and welfare screenings.A group of 45 civil society groups issued an open letter opposing the move, including the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Amnesty International and even Lyft and Uber.It only works within a simulated Siemens control system environment, and it s been given a cool-sounding name: Irongate.
Nearly 250 million video surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the world, and chances are you ve been seen by several of them today.Recognition algorithms have become far more accurate, the devices we carry can process huge amounts of data, and there s massive databases of faces now available on social media that are tied to our real names.This leads to a situation that conjures up our worst fears with surveillance.That s no small adjustment.That involves dealing with the thorny legal and ethical issues of notice-and-consent, data ownership, and our relationship to the devices around us.We could choose to expand the classes of protected uses — such as we do in the U.S. with health data — or follow the European model of creating more expansive laws around personally identifiable information in general.
The social network is applying the same forceful approach it used in regards to its chat app to its Moments photo-uploading tool.A number of users have voiced their anger and frustration at Facebook after receiving notifications, and even emails, alerting them that their synced photos will be deleted unless they download and install the Moments app.If you re worried that you may be affected by the changes, you can identify the selected photos by checking your Facebook albums.Another integral Moments feature is its AI facial-recognition system, which it uses to identify the people in your images and when they were taken, allowing it to suggest who you should then share your photos with.Moments shot to number one on the Apple App Store charts a few days ago and hasn t budged from the top spot since.It looks like Facebook has its next blockbuster app on its hands, but at what cost?
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