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Daily Archives: April 3, 2023

Clearview AI scraped 30 billion images from Facebook and gave them to cops

Insider: it puts everyone into a ‘perpetual police line-up’ – ”

  • Clearview AI scraped 30 billion photos from Facebook to build its facial recognition database.
  • US police have used the database nearly a million times, the company’s CEO told the BBC.
  • One digital rights advocate told Insider the company is “a total affront to peoples’ rights, full stop.”

A controversial facial recognition database, used by police departments across the nation, was built in part with 30 billion photos the company scraped from Facebook and other social media users without their permission, the company’s CEO recently admitted, creating what critics called a “perpetual police line-up,” even for people who haven’t done anything wrong. The company, Clearview AI, boasts of its potential for identifying rioters at the January 6 attack on the Capitol, saving children being abused or exploited, and helping exonerate people wrongfully accused of crimes. But critics point to wrongful arrests fueled by faulty identifications made by facial recognition, including cases in Detroit and New Orleans. Clearview took photos without users’ knowledge, its CEO Hoan Ton-That acknowledged in an interview last month with the BBC. Doing so allowed for the rapid expansion of the company’s massive database, which is marketed on its website to law enforcement as a tool “to bring justice to victims.” Ton-That told the BBC that Clearview AI’s facial recognition database has been accessed by US police nearly a million times since the company’s founding in 2017, though the relationships between law enforcement and Clearview AI remain murky and that number could not be confirmed by Insider.

Audiobooks Without Audible: The Hard Lessons I’ve Learned Routing Around Amazon

Publishers Weekly: “With a Kickstarter campaign now underway for the audio edition of his new book, ‘Red Team Blues,’ Cory Doctorow shares the mistakes of his past campaigns—and why it’s all worth it. My next novel is Red Team Blues. It’s a major title for my publisher, Tor (which is part of Macmillan), and the… Continue Reading

ChatGPT can’t access the internet, even though it really looks like it can

Simon Willison’s Weblog: “A really common misconception about ChatGPT is that it can access URLs. I’ve seen many different examples of people pasting in a URL and asking for a summary, or asking it to make use of the content on that page in some way. One recent example: “List the processors on“. Try… Continue Reading

The Disappeared: Indigenous Peoples and the international crime of enforced disappearance

Via LLRX – The Disappeared: Indigenous Peoples and the international crime of enforced disappearance – Catherine Morris and Rebekah Smith of Peacemakers Trust Canada conducted extensive research on disproportionate violence against Indigenous persons in Canada that includes uncounted disappearances of Indigenous children, women, and men. Canada’s decades of failure to prevent and halt disappearances forms… Continue Reading

A gobal approach for natural history museum collections

Popular Science – Is there a way to keep track of all the items held in natural history museums? By Charlotte Hu: “Natural history museums offer amazing portals into worlds miles away from our own, and into eras from the distant past. Comprised of fossils, minerals, preserved specimens, and much more, some collections are of… Continue Reading

Will Wikipedia be written by AI? Founder Jimmy Wales is thinking about it

Evening Standard: “By now, even those of us who live under a rock have become familiar with ChatGPT, the AI-powered chatbot that can find us the answer to almost every question under the sun. It seems to be able to effortlessly write reports, compose letters or even poetry — for any subject it’s asked about,… Continue Reading

What are the top 5 areas in legal work that cannot be replaced by AI?

Linkedin: “As a follow-up to our previous article, which asked ChatGPT the same question, here is Google Bard’s response: Here are the top 5 areas in legal work that cannot be replaced by AI [condensed answers] Legal research. Legal analysis. Legal writing. Legal negotiation. Legal advocacy. In conclusion, AI can be a valuable tool for… Continue Reading

AI photo sorter – Organize your photos using the power of neural networks

“Discover a user-friendly web application that helps you organize your photo collection securely and efficiently. Create custom classes, sort your photos, and eliminate duplicates with the power of neural networks, all while keeping your data safe on your own computer. Embrace simplicity, privacy, and a seamless photo management experience with this app. How it works:… Continue Reading

Geographic information systems: a use case for journalists “…Speak with a few GIS professionals and a common theme will emerge: they struggle to explain to their loved ones exactly what it is they do. Many of us understand superficially that GIS has something to do with ‘mapping’ and ‘geography’, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Similar to how tools… Continue Reading