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"Facial recognition is generally applied by those who already have power—like employers, landlords and the police—to surveil and in some cases oppress those who don’t"
New: AI baby monitors that send crying / face-covering / vomiting alerts are being sold to anxious parents. Pediatricians question their infant safety claims. But one company strategy chief told me, "Fear is the quickest way to get people’s attention"
The baby-monitor companies trained computer-vision AI on newborns' faces and cries. Each new baby helps train the model even further. But where does all that data go, and "what’s it going to be used for later?"
New: Colleges are tracking students' location to enforce attendance, analyze their behavior and assess their mental health. One company calculates a student's “risk score” based on factors such as whether she is going to the library enough
A group tested Amazon's facial-recognition software on Denver City Council members. Nine of them were falsely identified as sex offenders, and in some cases the system was 92% confident they were a match @JPorter_News
Wow: A health algorithm used in hospitals dramatically underestimated the medical needs of black patients, reducing the care they could get. "Correcting the bias would more than double the number of black patients flagged as at risk" by @Carolynyjohnson