Police facial recognition surveillance court case starts

The first major legal challenge to police use of automated facial recognition surveillance begins in Cardiff today.

Ed Bridges, whose image was taken while he was shopping, says weak regulation means AFR breaches human rights.

The civil rights group Liberty says current use of the tool is equivalent to the unregulated taking of DNA or fingerprints without consent.

South Wales Police defends the tool but has not commented on the case.

In December 2017, Mr Bridges was having a perfectly normal day.

"I popped out of the office to do a bit of Christmas shopping and on the main pedestrian shopping street in Cardiff, there was a police van," he told BBC News.

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Source: BBC News

Source: BBC News

Adding audio data helps AI navigate 3D mazes

Sight is the sense on which humans chiefly rely to navigate the world, but sound might be just as important — it’s been shown that people can learn to follow subtle cues in the volume, direction, and speed of audio signals. Inspired by this, scientists at the University of Eastern Finland recently proposed in a preprint paper (“Do Autonomous Agents Benefit from Hearing?“) an AI system that complements visual data with sound. Preliminary results, they say, indicate that the approach improves agents’ ability to complete goals in a 3D maze.

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Source: Venture Beat

Source: Venture Beat

Use of facial recognition tech 'dangerously irresponsible'

Black and minority ethnic people could be falsely identified and face questioning because police have failed to test how well their systems deal with non-white faces, say campaigners.

At least three chances to assess how well the systems deal with ethnicity were missed over the past five years, the BBC found.

Campaigners said the tech had too many problems to be used widely.

"It must be dropped immediately," said privacy rights group Big Brother Watch.

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Source: BBC News

Source: BBC News