We Built A Powerful Amazon Facial Recognition Tool For Under $10
Ever since it was announced, the Amazon's powerful facial recognition tool has been in news for all the wrong reasons. Forbes took a behind the scenes look at how Amazon Rekognition can be used to build facial recognition tools at incredibly low cost by anyone with a computer. The result - Forbes team was able to build a powerful spying tech using Rekognition for just under $10. Jeff Bezos' behemoth of a business is seen by most as a consumer-driven business, not a provider of easy-to-use spy tech but it seems that Rekognition has more power to go to the dark side. Thomas Fox-Brewster takes look at the power of Amazon's facial recognition tool on Forbes. We have been tracking the many developments around Amazon AI, especially video, and are continuously amazed. One foundational piece to review is: Tracking The Evolution Of Amazon Kinesis: Real-time processing of streaming data, including video, at scale
Google Renounces AI Weapons; Will Still Work With Military
We have also been tracking this one a bit and will keep you in the loop as things develop. But as you have probably seen already, Google appears to have bowed to the pressure exerted by less than 3% of their workforce regarding support to DoD Project Maven and are extending their effete response proactively to other activities. Google has decided not only to cancel working with DoD on Project Maven but also laid down seven principles for AI use. Google said that it will adhere to these seven principles while working on AI projects. One of the first and foremost principle says that Google won't use AI in cases that cause “overall harm” like weapons or surveillance. Google CEO released ethics charter for AI use after Project Maven employee revolt. However, he clarified that Google would continue collaborating with the military for non-defense contracts. Source: Bloomberg. Also see: In Defense Of 3% Of Google’s Employees And Their (And Everyone’s) Right To Have Opinions
Deep in the Pentagon, a secret AI program to find hidden nuclear missiles
Google employees protest apart, the US military is forging ahead with the use of AI in its defense strategies. Sources told Reuters that the US military is building a AI tool to locate hostile nuclear missiles. The US military has proposed tripling funding for one program to $83 million so that the work can be done on a war footing. Despite spending millions to intercept incoming missile strikes on systems like Patriot, the US military still lacks defense capabilities to locate missile strikes by rogue nations. Read more on Reuters. So, think about this, here AI could be helping reduce the chance of nuclear war. And Google would not want to support that would they? What does that say about Google? No, CTOvision is not implying that Google is for nuclear war. But we are implying that they have a very ignorant approach to how they interact with the national security community. There are many factors to consider regarding AI and national security, including AI and nuclear war. For more on this important topic see OODALoop: Does AI Increase the Risk of Nuclear War?
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, And The Future Of Connection
Read how artificial intelligence and machine learning are slowly and steadily entering our everyday lives. Be it "Alexa." "Siri." "Hey, Google" or the chatbots, AI is here to stay. Zvi Band takes a look at how Artificial intelligence (AI) which until recently was part of Sci-Fi stories and now is the new reality. Read his full article on Forbes.
How Can We Protect the World From the Dark Side of AI?
Everything that is good for the society has some negative side effects and vice versa. If the first atom bomb wasn't detonated, we wouldn't have access to cheap electrical power fueled by nuclear reactors. Similarly, there is a chance that AI will be used by cybercriminals, frauds and rogue nations to cause fatalities and swindle people. Joanna Shields, CEO of Benevolent AI, a healthcare start-up, and an alum of Google, Facebook and the British government warns that AI could be used by the dark side and how we could protect it from falling in wrong hands on Fortune.