Sydney airport announced Thursday that it will begin trialing facial recognition technology, in conjunction with Qantas, in an effort to get passengers from the couch to the gate much faster."Your face will be your passport and your boarding pass at every step of the process," Geoff Culbert, Sydney airport CEO, explained in a statement, suggesting that in the future you'll no longer need to bumble about in your coat pockets or bags searching for a passport because it will be right there -- on your face.The new technology is set to speed up check-in, bag drop, access to the lounge and boarding the plane. Australia's current system, SmartGate, is already using face scanning technology to electronically analyze passports of those traveling into and out of the country and Canberra airport are currently trialing facial recognition software for international travelers. Vanessa Hudson, Qantas chief customer officer, spoke to the need for airlines to be offering "faster and more … [Read more...] about Facial recognition trial takes off at Sydney Airport
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China is taking its social credit system a step further by naming and shaming "deadbeat" debtors on one of the most popular apps in the country, WeChat.The Higher People's Court of Hebei launched a new mini program on WeChat last week that lets users see if a debtor listed on the country's credit blacklist is within 500 meters of their location, state-run media China Daily reported.The so-called Deadbeat Map alerts users when a debtor is near them, and tapping into the program will reveal the debtor's personal information, including name, national identification number and how they came to be blacklisted. The mini program will make it easier for whistleblowers to report debtors deemed capable of repaying their debts, according the the publication.The mini program is an extension of China's social credit system, which is expected to give its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score by next year. China Daily quoted a spokesman from the court as saying it was part of measures to … [Read more...] about In China, you can now stalk blacklisted debtors on WeChat
Money scams have been separating people from their cash for hundreds of years. In this gallery, see some of the most ruthless scams of the 20th and 21st centuries, and learn what you can do to protect yourself. Mark Perlstein/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images Bank robbers no longer need guns and masks like "Pretty Boy" Floyd did. See the progression of money scams through the 20th and 21st centuries. Then, learn what governments are doing to combat scams and what you can do to protect yourself. HowStuffWorks Pickpockets are so smooth you won't guess they're out to get you. They use compassion and distraction to steal your wallet. Other schemers use similar emotional tactics, but on a much larger scale, as shown next. Photo by Hart Preston/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images Would you trust your money to this man? In the 1920s, many people did. Charles Ponzi took investors' money under the pretext of investing in International Reply Coupons. He had many … [Read more...] about Money Scam Pictures
In 1982, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner created a dystopic template for science fiction that still influences films and TV 37 years later. Now that we're living in 2019, when the iconic film was set, let's see how our present measures up to the bleak imagined future of the film and the Philip K. Dick novel that inspired it. Andys and replicantsAt the heart of Blade Runner and Dick's 1968 story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? are bioengineered androids, known as "andys" in the book and "replicants" in the movie. Attempts to come up with lifelike robots have taken us into the uncanny valley to meet the slightly off-putting likes of eerie "robot goddess" Jia Jia or a humanoid bot that looks like Albert Einstein. But even with their malleable skin and carefully programmed facial expressions, they can't fool our instinctive recognition of real faces the way andys and replicants can. The super-advanced androids and replicants of Blade Runner, of course, do have their limits. … [Read more...] about Original Blade Runner vs. today’s tech: Is the film’s 2019 future here?
As companies race to employ facial recognition everywhere from major league ballparks to your local school and summer camp, we face tough questions about the technology’s potential to intensify racial bias; Commercial face recognition software has repeatedly been shown to be less accurate on people with darker skin, and civil rights advocates worry about the disturbingly targeted ways face-scanning can be used by police. Nevertheless, these systems continue to roll out across the country amid assurances that more accurate algorithms are on the way. But is the implementation of truly non-racist (as opposed to just “colorblind”) face recognition really possible? To help answer this question, we talked to experts on face recognition, race, and surveillance, and asked them to consider if we could ever remedy the technical, cultural, and carceral biases of face recognition. Technical biases and technical solutions Earlier this year, MIT researchers Joy Buolamwini and … [Read more...] about Can We Make Non-Racist Face Recognition?