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Research Finds Facial Recognition Systems Misidentify Blacks Ten Times More Than Whites

Published on 01/21/2020 @ 10 AM EST

Recent tests conducted by the US government have found out that top-performing facial recognition systems misidentify blacks at rates five to 10 times higher than they do whites. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security has also found that darker skin challenges commercial facial recognition.

EU Calls for Five Year Ban on Facial Recognition

Published on 01/21/2020 @ 10 AM EST

A leaked white paper draft revealed that the European Commission is considering a temporary ban on the use of facial recognition technologies in public areas for up to five years. Exceptions to the ban can be entertained for security projects as well as for research and development.

Björk and Microsoft Use AI for Music That Changes with the Sky

Published on 01/19/2020 @ 3 AM EST

Apart from expressing her music in different ways, Björk now wants to shape it in different forms. She's using Microsoft AI as part of Kórsafn ("choral archives"), a non-stop composition playing in the lobby of the Sister City hotel in New York City. The music plays based on what the AI sees in the sky through a rooftop camera.

Google’s Project Coral can enable AI without the cloud

Published on 01/14/2020 @ 10 AM EST

As explained to The Verge over email by Google, "Coral is a platform of hardware and software components from Google that help you build devices with local AI — providing hardware acceleration for neural networks ... right on the edge device." To meet customer demands and ideas, Coral will offer two types of products - accelerators and dev boards meant for prototyping new ideas.

Warner Bros. Will Use AI to Plan Movie Releases

Published on 01/09/2020 @ 8 AM EST

Warner Bros. plans to use Cinelytic's AI project management system to assist in making decisions on movies during the "greenlight process." This system will help in predicting a movie's revenue, analyze the value of stars as well as determine when a title should premiere.

Google’s AI Detects Breast Cancer Better Than Experts

Published on 01/02/2020 @ 7 AM EST

After acquiring DeepMind in 2014, the company trained its AI using de-identified data from patients in both the US and the UK. The analysis shows that it can reduce false positives by 5.7 percent and false negatives by 9.4 percent in the US. The developers of the AI system, however, have said that the research is in its early stages as of now and more studies, as well as cooperation with healthcare providers, will be required before the system is ready for widespread use.