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Amazon extends moratorium on police use of facial recognition software

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Nearly one year ago, Amazon banned the use of its facial recognition software, Rekognition, from being used by US police departments, and now it seems like that ban is set to continue indefinitely.

The initial decision came after nationwide protests against police violence in the US, following the death of George Floyd.

It is unclear how many police departments use facial recognition technology to track down potential suspects or persons of interest.

Nathan Freed Wessler, a deputy project director at the American Civil Liberties Union, expressed support for Amazon’s move and called on federal and state governments to ban law enforcement’s use of the software.

“Face recognition technology fuels the over-policing of Black and Brown communities, and has already led to the false arrests and wrongful incarcerations of multiple Black men,”

Critics have noted research born out of a project called Gender Shades, which showed Rekognition struggled to determine the sex of individuals with darker skin tones. Amazon has contested this.

Pharmacy chain Rite Aid Corp has also suspended the technology at its stores.

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Apple shares surge to record highs following AI announcement

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Apple shares increased over 7% to a record high, nearly regaining its crown as the world’s most valuable company shortly after it unveiled new AI features.

Among the excitement of Apple’s big AI announcement, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed his intention to ban Apple devices from his companies if Apple integrates its operating system with OpenAI’s technology, as reported by Reuters.

Musk’s statement came amid rising tensions between the tech giants over artificial intelligence integration and its implications for user privacy and data security.

Dr. Karen Sutherland from UniSC joins to discuss the latest with Apple’s AI reveal and its future implications. #featured #trending

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AI dating platform Replika is making chatbot relationships official

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Could chatbot relationships and AI dating platforms like Replika lead to the next generation of romance?

While some view chatbot dating as a revolutionary step towards combating loneliness and enhancing human interaction, others raise concerns about its impact on genuine relationships and societal norms.

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbrands.ai joins to discuss all things mechanical love. #featured #trending

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Microsoft’s latest Xbox Showcase reveals a financial future focussed on subscription services

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Summer Games Fest and Xbox Showcase unveil exciting game lineups for Q4 of 2024

Summer Games Fest showcased PlayStation’s collaboration with Lego featuring Aloy from Horizon Adventures, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Rita’s Rewind, and Blumhouse Games’ foray into horror.

Xbox’s event unveiled Black Ops 6, Doom: The Dark Ages, State of Decay 3, and teased Perfect Dark reboot, among others.

New hardware like a digital Xbox Series X and exclusive titles stirred excitement. #featured

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