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BRIEF: The Flip Side of the Biometric Facial Recognition Debate

BRIEF: The Flip Side of the Biometric Facial Recognition Debate

Facial recognition has been a hot topic for a long time now. But with technological advances now pushing the technology into the public sphere more than ever, it has started to attract even more heat in the form of controversy. Police use of the technology in particular has become the subject of a contentious debate…

Credit Unions Trial Amazon’s Alexa as a Customer Service Rep

Credit Unions Trial Amazon’s Alexa as a Customer Service Rep

Two Canadian credit unions are now testing a system that lets customers do their banking through Alexa, Amazon’s voice-based virtual assistant. The technology comes by way of Vancouver-based FinTech specialist Central 1, which developed it in collaboration with San Francisco design agency Point One Digital. Essentially, the idea is to make Alexa a customer service…

New AI System Can Spot Eye Disease Better Than Doctors

New AI System Can Spot Eye Disease Better Than Doctors

AI-driven computer vision could help to save organic human vision, with a new automated system able to identify over 50 eye diseases more accurately than doctors. It’s the product of a collaboration between AI specialist DeepMind, the UK’s Moorfields eye hospital NHS foundation, and the University of College London. The system is designed to read…

IntelliVision Facial Recognition Comes to the Cloud

IntelliVision Facial Recognition Comes to the Cloud

AI-driven video analytics specialist IntelliVision has announced that its facial recognition technology is now available as a cloud-based service. The company says its technology can detect at least 10 faces in less than a second, and as many as 25 faces in a single frame. What’s more, when fed through an Ambarella S5L-based camera, the…

Voice Interaction Coming to More Cars Thanks to Speak With Me Partnership

Voice Interaction Coming to More Cars Thanks to Speak With Me Partnership

“Speak With Me technology will be available for deployment across any automated vehicle fleet running AWare regardless of vehicle type or automated driving system.” A new partnership could help to bring artificial intelligence to more cars. The AI technology comes by way of Speak With Me, whose eponymous platform revolves around a conversational voice assistant.…

Evolv Technology Marks Face Scanning Security Milestone

Evolv Technology Marks Face Scanning Security Milestone

Boston-based Evolv Technology is celebrating an important milestone with the news that its AI-driven computer vision technology has scanned more than a million people. The company’s platform, Evolv Edge, is designed to scan video feeds for security threats based on a combination of object and facial recognition. Evolv says it conducted trials of its platform…

New Partnership to Explore Voice Biometrics-Based Medical Diagnosis

New Partnership to Explore Voice Biometrics-Based Medical Diagnosis

A Singapore-based provider of a digital healthcare platform is looking into the potential of speech recognition and voice biometrics to improve healthcare services. Called Doctor Smart, the company has teamed up with a language technology specialist called LangNet in what it calls a “first step” toward its voice-based research. Part of the aim is to alleviate…

Computer Vision Specialist Airy3D Rakes in $10 Million in Series A Funding

Computer Vision Specialist Airy3D Rakes in $10 Million in Series A Funding

“Airy3D says its DepthIQ technology can facilitate facial, gesture, and object recognition…” Another computer vision specialist is announcing millions of dollars in investor backing: Montreal-based Airy3D says it has brought in $10 million (USD) through a series-A funding round. The company’s DepthIQ technology is designed to infuse 2D imaging sensors with 3D depth data, drawing…

Baidu and Synaptics Collaborate on Voice-Based AI

Baidu and Synaptics Collaborate on Voice-Based AI

“First unveiled at the Baidu Create 2018 AI Developer Conference earlier this month, the solution holds considerable potential in the China market, where Baidu says its DuerOS AI platform is already being used by over 200 partners in 25 million devices.” Synaptics and Baidu have joined forces, announcing that the former’s AudioSmart far-field voice digital signal…

Art History Academic Turns Face Scanning Tech to Architecture

Art History Academic Turns Face Scanning Tech to Architecture

“…Christensen says they have been able to identify unique characteristics of buildings that point to stylistic influences beyond any initial blueprints.” An art history academic is using computer vision to gather new insights into the creative forces behind architecture. Writing for The Conversation, Peter Christensen, an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of…

Synaptics Management May Discuss ‘Forward-Looking Info’ in Fiscal 2018 Update

Synaptics Management May Discuss ‘Forward-Looking Info’ in Fiscal 2018 Update

Synaptics will unveil its Q4 and fiscal 2018 results on August 9th, the company has announced. The results will be posted after market close, with a corresponding conference call scheduled for 5:00pm Eastern Time. In a statement announcing the plan, Synaptics offered little further information on the information to be presented. But the company did…

Megvii On Track for $600M Funding Round with Alibaba Backing: Reports

Megvii On Track for $600M Funding Round with Alibaba Backing: Reports

“Like other China-based AI specialists that have announced huge investment rounds in recent weeks, including Yitu and SenseTime, Megvii appears to have benefitted from the Chinese government’s immense appetite for AI-driven technologies such as facial recognition that offer compelling law enforcement and surveillance applications.” It looks like Megvii is poised to become the next Chinese…

Image Recognition Market Sees 19.7% CAGR Growth Trend: Report

Image Recognition Market Sees 19.7% CAGR Growth Trend: Report

The global image recognition market is in the middle of a considerable growth trend, according to a new analysis from Progressive Markets. Using 2015 as a benchmark, the India-based research agency says that the market will grow from a value of $13.7 billion to $79.8 billion by 2025, reflecting a CAGR of 19.7 percent. In…

BRIEF: Society Begins to Grapple with Ethics of Biometrics

BRIEF: Society Begins to Grapple with Ethics of Biometrics

Like pretty much any other groundbreaking technology, biometrics has long carried the promise of great social benefit and the risk of potential abuse. It has always been exciting and controversial. But those qualities have only intensified as biometric technologies have advanced in their sophistication. Today, systems are emerging that can identify people through public security…

Facial Recognition, AI, Robotics Showcased at INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation

Facial Recognition, AI, Robotics Showcased at INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation

“The event also saw live demos of technologies including facial recognition, which is increasingly used by police around the world as a surveillance tool. “ The world’s biggest police organization is now officially delving into artificial intelligence and robotics. The technologies were on display at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation last week, during a…

Microsoft President Delves Into Facial Recognition Ethics

Microsoft President Delves Into Facial Recognition Ethics

As controversy over the public use of facial recognition continues, Microsoft is following Google’s lead in laying out its approach to the ethics of the technology in a new blog post by the company’s President, Brad Smith. It’s a far less concise and straightforward accounting than the one laid out by Google CEO Sundar Prichai,…

Plurilock Launches Sales Partner Program

Plurilock Launches Sales Partner Program

“Plurilock says its sales partners will extend its reach in the Middle East, Europe, the APAC region, and the Americas.” Plurilock has launched a new partner distributor program for its AI-driven behavioral biometrics technology. Called the Plurilock Global Sales Channel Partner Program, it launches with nine companies onboard. In announcing the program, Plurilock did not…

ID R&D Solution Can Identify a Voice with 1-2 Seconds of Natural Speech

ID R&D Solution Can Identify a Voice with 1-2 Seconds of Natural Speech

“What’s more, the system is highly accurate, offering an Equal Error Rate of 0.3 percent on microphones and 0.6 percent for speech collected through a telephone.” ID R&D has upgraded IDVoice, its voice recognition system. The company says that IDVoice can now identify a speaker within one to two seconds of natural speech, making it…

Microsoft Reduces Biometric Bias (But Won’t Say How Much)

Microsoft Reduces Biometric Bias (But Won’t Say How Much)

Microsoft’s face scanning technology is now better able to determine the genders of subjects with darker skin tones, the company has announced. In a post on its AI Blog, Microsoft explained that it had reduced its system’s error rates by “up to 20 times,” and specified that for women the error rates had been reduced…

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