When you imagine the American police officer of the future, what do you see? In the 1980s, one police officer saw "supercops" - a highly trained force of professionals who had the most high-tech toys at their disposal and almost never killed people.
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Companies throughout China are using brainwave sensors to train workers and screen for mental fitness, South China Morning Post reports. More than a dozen factories are requiring workers to wear devices that use artificial intelligence to monitor their emotions. While officials say this saves money, the implications for workers are deeply troubling.
Education and publishing giant Pearson is drawing criticism after using its software to experiment on over 9,000 maths and computer science students across the US. In a paper presented at the American Association of Educational Research, Pearson researchers revealed that they tested the effects of encouraging messages on students that used the MyLab Programming educational software during 2017's Autumn semester.
Last year, Singapore announced that it wants to turn every lamppost in the country, around 110,000 in total, into a wireless sensor network. And seeming to confirm the worst fears of privacy advocates, Singapore now says it plans to test cameras capable of facial recognition as part of its pilot program.
A coalition of civil rights groups filed suit against Facebook yesterday, alleging the already harried company violated the US Fair Housing Act by allowing housing advertisers to discriminate against minority users. The National Fair Housing Alliance, Fair Housing Justice Center, Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, and the Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio filed a joint suit asking a judge to declare Facebook's policies as discriminatory and require the company to change its advertising policies to prevent discrimination.
In the hopes of deterring violence, schools are turning to big data analytics to examine social media posts for the earliest signs of violence - depression, resentment and isolation. Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Massachusetts has turned to Social Sentinel, a data analytics company that says it can use the type of threat detection police agencies use to identify students at risk. But experts worry student social media mining, even with the best intentions, is a slippery slope to treating students the way we treat suspects.
A San Francisco nonprofit is using a fascinating mix of machine learning and solar panel technology to help the fight against deforestation in Brazil. Rainforest Connection, led by founder and CEO Topher White, creates devices called Guardians that listen to the rainforest and send real-time alerts to combat illegal logging.
Advanced surveillance technologies once reserved for international airports and high-security prisons are coming to schools across America. From New York to Arkansas, schools are spending millions to outfit their campuses with some of the most advanced surveillance technology available: face recognition to deter predators, object recognition to detect weapons, and licence plate tracking to deter criminals. Privacy experts are still debating the usefulness of these tools, whom they should be used on, and whom they should not, but school officials are embracing them as a way to save lives in times of crisis.
Last week, The Times of London teamed up with a tech company and a creative agency to digitally recreate "the speech JFK would have made in Dallas had he not been assassinated." The Dallas Trade Mart speech never happened - Kennedy was killed the day he was supposed to deliver it - but thanks to artificial intelligence, you can now listen to "JFK" give the 22-minute speech in his own voice.
Google was served at least four sweeping search warrants by Raleigh, North Carolina police last year, requesting anonymised location data on all users within areas surrounding crime scenes. In one case, Raleigh police requested information on all Google accounts within 17 acres of a murder, overlapping residences and businesses. Google did not confirm or deny whether it handed over the requested data to police.
In 2014, activists rallied for body cameras after a number of brutal officer-involved shootings in the US. More officers than ever are now wearing cameras, but who gets to see the footage? Upturn, a DC-based policy think tank, recently found that body camera footage of fatal police shootings isn't consistently released to the public. Researchers reviewed 105 cases where body cameras likely recorded footage of officers killing US civilians. In 40 of those cases, the footage was never made public. When it is released, it's usually about a week after the shooting.
Rick Smith, the founder and CEO of Axon (formerly Taser), offered a bold new strategy for preventing school shootings on Thursday: approach the problem like a hackathon. In a letter to the President and an appearance on CNBC, he called for a national "Grand Challenge on School Safety," a DARPA-funded contest where tech companies would compete for a $US5 million prize by pitching "innovative solutions" to gun violence in schools.