Your poker face may be more important than you imagine. Or maybe its useless.
Over the past few months I have posted several stories about advances in AI facial recognition. Subjects have included:
– Pornhub identifying “stars.”
– AI seeing past disguises.
– China surveilling citizens with facial recognition systems and 20 million cameras.
– Russia developing ways to use makeup to avoid facial recognition.
– Using facial recognition in eDiscovery.
– Reading the emotions of jurors.
– Who owns your face?
– And, of course, using facial recognition to unlock the upcoming iPhone X.
I have no idea why it’s happening this week, but there has been another flurry of unrelated articles on facial recognition:
- This article discusses “the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) which governs rules of engagement for businesses seeking to use fingerprints, iris scans, facial data and other biometric identifiers” in the context of devices like the upcoming iPhone X.
- AI researchers in Japan are tracking split-second changes in the facial expressions of Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda at press conferences to forecast fiscal policy changes. And it seems to be working. “We’d like to analyze (Fed chair Janet) Yellen and (ECB Gov. Mario) Draghi next,” Suimon said.
- And now for something completely different: “The Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the world’s first initiative for measuring customers’ happiness using artificial intelligence (i.e., facial recognition) technology. This initiative is a towering achievement towards ranking Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world.” “This technology sends real-time alerts when the predetermined happiness levels increase or decrease in any of the customer’s happiness centres.” (Is this guy happy?? –>)
- Speaking of your face (OK, that connection is a bit of a stretch), Intel Capital just led a $4.6 million capital round for AdHawk Microsystems’ “camera-free eye tracking system.” The tech and its applications discussed in this article are remarkable.
- Another government is getting serious about AI. The UAE has appointed a “Minister for Artificial Intelligence” whose job will be to make UAE the “world’s most prepared country” for AI.
- According to Artificial Lawyer, “IBM Watson has partnered with two of Sweden’s leading law firms, MAQS and Lindahl, as well as legal knowledge management consultancy, VQ, to build an AI-driven contract review and advice system.”
- Finally for today, I love this tweet from Ron Friedmann.