Month: July 2020

Rite Aid used facial recognition in hundreds of stores for years

As of last week, Rite Aid had pulled the plug on the software, which was present in around 200 locations, owing to a “larger industry conversation” about facial recognition. “Other large technology companies seem to be scaling back or rethinking their efforts around facial recognition given increasing uncertainty around the technology’s utility,” the company said.

IBM said last month it’d no longer work on facial recognition, in part due to concerns about surveillance and racial profiling. A number of studies have suggested racial bias is present in facial recognition tech, and there have been at least two cases in which

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Imint is the Swedish firm that gives Chinese smartphones an edge in video production – TechCrunch

If your phone takes amazing photos, chances are its camera has been augmented by artificial intelligence embedded in the operating system. Now videos are getting the same treatment.

In recent years, smartphone makers have been gradually transforming their cameras into devices that capture data for AI processing beyond what the lens and sensor pick up in a single shot. That effectively turns a smartphone into a professional camera on auto mode and lowers the bar of capturing compelling images and videos.

In an era of TikTok and vlogging, there’s a huge demand to easily produce professional-looking videos on the go.

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One broadcaster is putting virtual crowds in MLB games powered by the technology behind ‘Fortnite’ — here’s what they look like

MLB virtual fans.
MLB virtual fans.

Silver Spoon

  • Major League Baseball games will have virtual fans this season on Fox Sports. 

  • Silver Spoon studio is providing the virtual crowd, using the same technology behind the game “Fortnite.”

  • Other sports leagues have tried creative ways of making up for empty stadiums.

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The coronavirus has put most public events, including sports and concerts, on hold around the world.

As many countries see declining cases and hospitalizations, public life is slowly starting to reopen. In the US, however, cases continue to rise, with many states seeing record numbers of

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Schools face a funding crunch — and rising technology costs

SAN FRANCISCO — The public schools in Oakland, California, are still figuring out what their plans will look like for restarting classes this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, but they know this much: they’re expecting to have to pay more for technology, either for distance-learning or costs associated with the reopenings themselves.

“If we did not have technology, across the board — for classroom learning, district operations, staff connecting with each other — we wouldn’t really be able to do much of anything,” Susan Beltz, chief technology officer for the Oakland Unified School District, said.

That is putting a new

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Pioneering CRISPR researcher Jennifer Doudna is coming to Disrupt – TechCrunch

Jennifer Doudna, a woman whose work has triggered the explosion in innovation in the field of synthetic biology and has given researchers around the world a way to program and reprogram the living world, will be speaking at Disrupt in September.

From her positions as the Chancellor’s Chair Professor in the University of California, Berkeley’s Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology Departments and a senior investigator at the Gladstone Institutes and professor at the University of California, San Francisco, Doudna has been at the forefront of research into CRISPR gene editing technology.

It was only eight years ago that Doudna

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