Joel Schumacher and the Non-Crisis of Infinite Batmans

Joel Schumacher and the Non-Crisis of Infinite Batmans

Midway through 2014’s Neighbors, thirtysomething Seth Rogen asks Zac Efron, who plays college frat star Teddy Sanders, “Who is Batman to you?” Without missing a beat, Teddy replies, “Christian Bale,” a clear indication that he grew up on the Dark Knight films of Christopher Nolan.

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

A Bill in Congress Would Limit Uses of Facial Recognition

This week IBM, Amazon , and Microsoft all said they would halt sales of facial recognition to US police and called on Congress to impose rules on use of the technology.

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial-Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial-Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon announced on Wednesday it was implementing a “one-year moratorium” on police use of Rekognition, its facial-recognition technology.Amazon and other tech companies like Microsoft have called on Congress to pass federal legislation on facial recognition for over a year, after local governments began passing bans on use of the tech.

Amazon Won't Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon Won't Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon announced on Wednesday it was implementing a “one-year moratorium” on police use of Rekognition, its facial recognition technology.Amazon and other tech companies like Microsoft have called on Congress to pass federal legislation on facial recognition for over a year, after local governments began passing bans on use of the tech.

AI-Powered Biotech Can Help Deploy a Vaccine In Record Time

AI-Powered Biotech Can Help Deploy a Vaccine In Record Time

The magnitude of the Covid-19 pandemic will largely depend on how quickly safe and effective vaccines and treatments can be developed and tested.As these methods take off in the coming years, we will be able to test all trillions of possible solutions to each health problem very quickly.

Elite Hackers Are Using Coronavirus Emails to Set Traps

Elite Hackers Are Using Coronavirus Emails to Set Traps

This week, the Chinese firm QiAnXin spotted Russian hackers—possibly affiliated with the groups Sandworm and Fancy Bear —sending phishing emails laced with malicious document attachments to Ukrainian targets.Meanwhile, the Vietnamese security firm VinCSS detected a high volume of novel coronavirus-related phishing emails over the last two weeks attributed to government hackers.

FAO - News Article: Traditional farming system in Brazil added to global agricultural heritage list

FAO - News Article: Traditional farming system in Brazil added to global agricultural heritage list

Farmers known as Sempre-vivas flower gatherers from Espinhaço Mountain Range won recognition for their crucial role in enhancing biodiversity and preserving traditional knowledge.

808s and Tough Breaks: A Look at the Origins of Trap Music

808s and Tough Breaks: A Look at the Origins of Trap Music

For his first photo book, simply titled The Trap, the French photographer captured the Atlanta locales that birthed the ever-popular rap subgenre that shares the tome's name.Desailly spent two months in 2018 criss-crossing neighborhoods in the Georgia capital to photograph what life in the trap looks like.

The Python Programming Language Is More Popular Than Ever

The Python Programming Language Is More Popular Than Ever

That milestone is all the more significant given a sometimes rocky transition from the second version of Python, which the language's developers stopped supporting this year, to the third version.

Dangerzone Lets You Open Email Attachments Safely

Dangerzone Lets You Open Email Attachments Safely

Dangerzone also uses the optical character recognition software Tesseract to convert letters and numbers in the PDF back to machine-readable text, letting you copy text from and search the file.

Oh Sure, Big Tech Wants Regulation—on Its Own Terms

Oh Sure, Big Tech Wants Regulation—on Its Own Terms

But this perfectly captures the US tech industry’s shift toward talking regulation—just in a way that benefits itself—and the related risks of allowing private corporations to set the American (or even global) agenda on technology governance.Zeroing in on the singular technology thus pivots regulation dialogue in the corporate favor, away from talk of more fundamental, government-driven change.

Google Calls Out Safari for Privacy Flaws

Google Calls Out Safari for Privacy Flaws

A Disturbing Look at a Massive Facial Recognition DatabaseThere are really two stories worth reading about Clearview AI, a company that claims to have scraped 3 billion images from the internet—including social media sites—to power an unprecedented facial recognition database.

Sleepwalkers Podcast: Artificial Intelligence Is Watching Us and Judging Us

Sleepwalkers Podcast: Artificial Intelligence Is Watching Us and Judging Us

Artificial intelligence has tremendous power to enhance spying, and both authoritarian governments and democracies are adopting the technology as a tool of political and social control.No country has embraced facial recognition and AI surveillance as keenly as China.

The week it snowed everywhere

The week it snowed everywhere

Novel handwriting recognition project casts new light on historic weather data.NIWA climate scientist Dr Andrew Lorrey says the project has the potential to revolutionise how historic data can be used.

Why Is Google Slow-Walking Its Breakthroughs in AI?

Why Is Google Slow-Walking Its Breakthroughs in AI?

Late last year Google’s cloud division announced that it would not offer a facial-recognition service that customers could adapt for their own uses due to concerns about its potential for abuse.

The Delicate Ethics of Using Facial Recognition in Schools

The Delicate Ethics of Using Facial Recognition in Schools

Last year, parents in Lockport, New York, protested plans by school officials to install a $1.4 million facial recognition system, saying it was inappropriate to use such potentially intrusive technology on children.

Facial Recognition, a 2-Hour Marathon, and More News

Facial Recognition, a 2-Hour Marathon, and More News

Cities struggle to regulate facial-recognition technology, Eliud Kipchoge prepares for an epic race, and Tern's new folding bike makes getting around a snap.Eliud Kipchoge is set to break the 2-hour marathon barrier.

Cities Examine Proper—and Improper—Uses of Facial Recognition

Cities Examine Proper—and Improper—Uses of Facial Recognition

Management installed a facial recognition system in each of its 12 building lobbies and outdoor courtyard entrances in 2013, making Knickerbocker Village one of the first large New York City residential complexes to do away with keys and other traditional means of access in favor of biometrics.

California Bill Would Halt Facial Recognition on Bodycams

California Bill Would Halt Facial Recognition on Bodycams

The bill would ban the use of facial recognition algorithms in real time, when the body cameras are rolling, and in subsequent forensic analysis of footage.

Today's Cartoon: August 19, 2019

Today's Cartoon: August 19, 2019

Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.And if that's still not enough, you can find all of WIRED's cartoons in one place, right here .Plus, sign up for the Daily newsletter and never miss the best of WIRED.

Facial Recognition Is Suddenly Everywhere. Should You Worry?

Facial Recognition Is Suddenly Everywhere. Should You Worry?

Three US cities, including San Francisco , recently blocked their agencies from using the technology altogether, while federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have expressed interest in regulating facial recognition.#facial recognition #Artificial Intelligence #algorithms #privacy.

Apple Contractors Will Stop Listening to Your Siri Recordings—For Now

Apple Contractors Will Stop Listening to Your Siri Recordings—For Now

Security News This Week: Apple Contractors Will Stop Listening to Your Siri Recordings—For Now. Justin Sullivan. After a report in The Guardian detailed Apple's use of contractors to "grade" the recordings of Siri users, the company has said it will suspend the program.

Pinterest Wants You to Relax, Equifax’s $700M Fine, and More News

Pinterest Wants You to Relax, Equifax’s $700M Fine, and More News

Pinterest Wants You to Relax, Equifax’s $700M Fine, and More News. Pinterest wants to calm you down, Equifax gets hit with a record fine, and facial recognition is still struggling with darker faces.

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

FaceApp is also the product of a Russian company that sends photos from your device to its servers, retains rights to use them in perpetuity, and performs artificial intelligence black magic on them.

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

Kade Crockford, director of ACLU of Massachusetts' Technology for Liberty Program, says findings like these surprise her even given the chaotic, unregulated intersection of law enforcement and facial recognition.

Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News

Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News

Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News. Stalkers have ways of tracking you even without fancy malware, airport facial recognition is becoming more common, and WIRED has some advice on how to take the very best fireworks photos.

Cryptocurrency Company Hacks Itself Before Hackers Can Hack It

Cryptocurrency Company Hacks Itself Before Hackers Can Hack It

Security News This Week: Cryptocurrency Company Hacks Itself Before Hackers Can Hack It. Alyssa Walker. But Microsoft took the rare step this week of reversing course on some of its initiatives, deleting a database of 10 million images built from publicly available shots of 100,000 notable people.

Facial Recognition Has Already Reached Its Breaking Point

Facial Recognition Has Already Reached Its Breaking Point

Most directly called for a moratorium on government use of facial recognition systems until Congress can pass legislation that adequately restricts and regulates the technology and establishes transparency standards.

Social Issues Raised by Amazon Investors Aren't Going Away

Social Issues Raised by Amazon Investors Aren't Going Away

Amazon’s “apparent inaction on issues of climate change can present human capital risks, which have the potential to lead to the Company having problems attracting and retaining talented employees,” the investor advisory firm Glass Lewis wrote in its analysis of the resolution.

How Tech Companies Are Shaping the Rules Governing AI

How Tech Companies Are Shaping the Rules Governing AI

Tom Simonite covers artificial intelligence for WIRED.One of the 52 experts who worked on the guidelines argues that foundation is flawed—thanks to the tech industry. Benkler says the program is an example of how the tech industry is becoming too influential over how society governs and scrutinizes the effects of AI.