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People’s facial expressions line up with their emotions less than half the time

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OneZero’s General Intelligence is a roundup of the most important artificial intelligence and facial recognition news of the week.

Facial recognition isn’t just for verifying a person’s identity. In recent years, researchers and startups have focused on other ways to apply the technology, like emotion recognition, which tries to read facial expressions to understand what a person is feeling.

For instance, Find Solution AI, a company based in Hong Kong that was recently featured in CNN Business, is selling its technology to schools and colleges, where it scans students’ faces and monitors their feelings in virtual classrooms. …


The new custom crypto mining chips won’t work for gamers

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Though the company doesn’t often acknowledge it, for the last three years, Nvidia’s business has been inextricably linked to the unpredictable price of bitcoin. That’s because bitcoin miners realized that Nvidia’s graphics processing units (GPUs) were perfect for the mathematical calculations required to mine cryptocurrency and quickly started buying out whatever stock they could.

When bitcoin boomed in 2017, Nvidia’s consumer and datacenter GPU business did too. When 2017’s crypto bubble burst, Nvidia was left holding the bag (or the GPUs, as it were). In 2018, Nvidia reported that a shrinking demand for cryptocurrency mining GPUs left the company with…


The Los Angeles Police Department requested footage from Ring doorbell owners after Black Lives Matter protests in the city last year, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and shared with The Intercept.

The LAPD video requests reference that people were injured during the protests and that property damage was being caused, but the requests were not targeted at a specific crime. Multiple requests were made directly to Ring users, but details about which specific events the LAPD was referring to were redacted in the documents obtained by EFF.

“EFF has long warned that Amazon Ring and…


After a OneZero report detailing Banjo founder Damien Patton’s childhood ties to the Ku Klux Klan, the surveillance company is changing its name.

The new company, called safeXai, is registered to the same address as Banjo and has the founder and ex-CEO Patton listed on all historical business documents.

Patton, who says he severed connections to the KKK group decades ago, remains a minority shareholder at the company.

“Damien resigned in May 2020 and is not an officer, board member, or affiliated in any way with the day-to-day operations of safeXai,” the new company’s chief strategy officer told OneZero.

However…


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A new paper sheds light on the industry’s troubling relationship with the global gig economy

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OneZero’s General Intelligence is a roundup of the most important artificial intelligence and facial recognition news of the week.

Modern artificial intelligence relies on algorithms processing millions of examples or images or text. A picture of a bird in an A.I. dataset would be manually tagged “bird” so that the algorithm associated aspects of that image with the category “bird.”

The process of tagging this data, by hand, scaled to the millions, is time-consuming and mind-numbingly monotonous.

Much of this work is done outside the United States and other Western countries and exploits workers from around the world, according to…


‘The Bachelor’ host has a lot to learn about racism and gaslighting

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Matt James and Chris Harrison. Photo: Craig Sjodin/Getty Images

In an interview Tuesday with former Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay, Chris Harrison pleaded for “the woke police” to give “a little grace, a little compassion” after pictures showed Bachelor frontrunner Rachael Kirkconnell attending an Old South antebellum party in 2018.

During the interview, Harrison insists that 2018 was a different era: It was a time of lawlessness and racism, a time when “50 million people” went to antebellum parties with racist roots. We all remember that, right? No?

But now, in 2021, Harrison maintains there are different standards. When Lindsay said the party “wasn’t a good look,” Harrison responded:

“Is…


U.S. Customs and Border Protection scanned more than 23 million people in public places with facial recognition technology in 2020

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer instructs an international traveler to look into a camera as he uses facial recognition technology to screen a traveler entering the United States at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

U.S. Customs and Border Protection scanned more than 23 million people with facial recognition technology at airports, seaports, and pedestrian crossings in 2020, the agency recently revealed in its annual report on trade and travel.

The agency scanned four million more people than in 2019. The report indicates that the system caught no imposters traveling through airports last year and fewer than 100 new pedestrian imposters.

Since the agency started public tracking statistics in 2018, it has only caught seven imposters trying to enter the United States through airports, and 285 attempting to do so over land crossings. …


Undocumented residents, tribal communities, and small census blocks are at risk

The federal algorithm for allotting vaccine doses is a “black box” run by the infamous data-processing giant Palantir, Natasha Singer reports in the New York Times.

The algorithm determines how many federally owned doses are sent to 64 jurisdictions, including states, large metro areas, and U.S. territories. It was called “Tiberius” until the Biden administration recently retired the name.

The algorithm’s calculations might be based on faulty data. Vaccine allotment decisions are being made from the American Community Survey, an annual poll that tracks populations more granularly than the census. …


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Andy Jassy is a member of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence

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Andy Jassy at WSJ.D on October 25, 2016. Photo source: Steve Jurvetson/Flickr

On July 1, Amazon will have a new CEO. Andy Jassy, who is replacing Jeff Bezos, helped build the company’s cloud business from scratch, cementing its servers as a cornerstone of the internet.

But not all of Jassy’s work has been inside Amazon. The incoming CEO is also a commissioner on the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), which was created by Congress in 2018 to advise on how best to use A.I. for war and defense.

The commission is now approaching its final report, which will be submitted to Congress as official recommendations from the 15 commissioners. The…


Even though Dolly Parton donated $1 million to coronavirus research, the 75-year-old singer says she’ll wait her turn for the shot. Yes, she knows that as a mega-famous person, she could probably back-channel a vaccine dose tomorrow.

“I’m not going to get mine until some more people get theirs. I don’t want it to look like I’m jumping the line just because I donated money,” she told the Associated Press.

But it’s not because she’s nervous about the vaccine itself. Parton said she’ll get the vaccine eventually and do it on camera to encourage others.

And as for her $1…

Dave Gershgorn

Senior Writer at OneZero covering surveillance, facial recognition, DIY tech, and artificial intelligence. Previously: Qz, PopSci, and NYTimes.

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