AI

Amazon is selling scary new facial recognition technology to law enforcement

Amazon has developed a powerful new facial recognition technology, reports ACLU NorCal. The service is called “Rekognition,” and it analyzes people in real time, quickly scanning information it collects against databases featuring tens of millions of faces. It’s capable of recognizing up to 100 people in a single image, and the scary part is that Amazon markets the service to law enforcement and is actively helping governments deploy it.

Apple hires Google’s chief of search and A.I.

Apple has hired Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence John Giannandrea, reports The New York Times. The outlet has obtained an internal email from Tim Cook, who tells employees “John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal.”