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Second U.S. city passes ban on facial recognition tech

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A second U.S. city is banning its municipal government from ever using facial recognition technologies over fears it’ll pave the way for mass surveillance.

On Thursday, the city council of Somerville, Massachusetts voted 11-0 to pass the anti-facial recognition ordinance, which calls out the technology for its potential to “chill” protected free speech.

“The broad application of face surveillance in public spaces is the functional equivalent of requiring every person to carry and display a…

Second U.S. city passes ban on facial recognition tech

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A second U.S. city is banning its municipal government from ever using facial recognition technologies over fears it’ll pave the way for mass surveillance.

On Thursday, the city council of Somerville, Massachusetts voted 11-0 to pass the anti-facial recognition ordinance, which calls out the technology for its potential to “chill” protected free speech.

“The broad application of face surveillance in public spaces is the functional equivalent of requiring every person to carry and display a…

How did NASA create its own pretty artificial auroras? Rockets, of course.

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Painting the sky with your own aurora is as easy as launching a NASA rocket into the Norwegian night.

The space agency orchestrated its own version of the light phenomena on Friday in order to understand the amount of energy auroras generate within Earth’s upper atmosphere and beyond.

NASA launched two sounding rockets from Norway’s Andøya Space Center, to generate artificial auroras against the backdrop of a real aurora. And it…

McDonald’s wants to use machine learning to serve fast food

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The past couple of years have made it abundantly clear just how much of our personal data is being tracked by corporations every day. Now, one of the world’s biggest fast food companies is hopping on the bandwagon.

McDonald’s announced on Monday that it had acquired Dynamic Yield, a tech company that specializes in recommendations based on machine learning. Dynamic Yield’s algorithms can gather data about customers on behalf of companies to generate Amazon-like recommendations, among other…

Video ad fraud has been draining phone batteries

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When is a banner ad not a banner ad? When it’s a hidden video ad generating fraudulent advertising revenue while draining your phone battery and using your valuable data allowance.

As BuzzFeed reports, it’s been discovered that in-app banner ads have been hijacked on a massive scale to generate revenue for fraudsters working within the digital advertising industry. The people who suffer are consumers and their devices, but also the app developers who receive complaints regarding how quickly…

Three major music labels make $19 million a day from streaming while artists count their pocket change

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Streaming services are now paying out big money to the music industry’s gatekeepers.

According to a new report by industry news outlet Music Business Worldwide, the three major music labels made $6.93 billion combined from streaming in 2018. The publication poured through recent investor filings from Universal Music Group’s parent company Vivendi, Sony, and Warner and found that the companies are totaling $19 million in daily streaming revenue. 

Broken down even further, the trio of…

Three major music labels make $19 million a day from streaming while artists count their pocket change

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Streaming services are now paying out big money to the music industry’s gatekeepers.

According to a new report by industry news outlet Music Business Worldwide, the three major music labels made $6.93 billion combined from streaming in 2018. The publication poured through recent investor filings from Universal Music Group’s parent company Vivendi, Sony, and Warner and found that the companies are totaling $19 million in daily streaming revenue. 

Broken down even further, the trio of…

This website uses AI to generate faces of people who don’t exist

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With the help of artificial intelligence, you can manipulate video of public figures to say whatever you like — or now, create images of people’s faces that don’t even exist.

You can see this in action on a website called thispersondoesnotexist.com. It uses an algorithm to spit out a single image of a person’s face, and for the most part, they look frighteningly real.

Hit refresh in your browser, and the algorithm will…