The Future of Privacy Forum recently published a paper on the regulation of and best practices for facial recognition technology. The paper proposes that common-sense regulation needs to start from a position of “opt-in, explicit affirmative consent” for enrollment in the systems. Verdi says there are going to be exceptions, as in law enforcement, where criminals won’t opt in, which will require another paradigm. Verdi also says that opt-in doesn’t make sense for FR systems in schools, which may mean there are some situations where the technology shouldn’t be used at all. FPF supports a moratorium in certain cases, as in schools, but not for useful applications that raise few private risks, like unlocking mobile devices with faceprints. … [Read more...] about Due to weak oversight, we don’t really know how tech companies are using facial recognition data
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Letting machine bias in? However, as artificial intelligence experts have cautioned, systems that aim to reduce bias through AI could be complicated by AI itself. Automated systems will only be as good as the underlying data, says Rashida Richardson, director of policy research at AI Now Institute, a think tank at New York University that studies machine bias and algorithmic accountability. And since admissions are embedded with many subjective judgments, Richardson believes attempting to automate it can result in “embedding and possibly concealing these subjective decisions,” quietly replicating the problems that these systems purport to address. … [Read more...] about Schools are using software to help pick who gets in. What could go wrong?
While he skimped on the accessories, Gervais says he did more planning of shots for Derek than for his previous shows. His intention was to shoot the show as a sort of hybrid–informed by documentary style and the more filmic qualities of narrative TV and movies. “I was trying to do a documentary but documentaries have moved on since The Office,” he says. “They are more sophisticated now and I wanted it to look beautiful and filmic because I thought that would aid the drama.” That drama is of a quiet, emotional kind. Gervais does a great job of capturing the poignant details, like the tiny, telling reactions when a favorite elder friend passes away (yes, gentlest of all possible spoiler alerts: the old people die!) while creating what he calls a series of fables that contributed to a seven-episode arc. … [Read more...] about Kindness Is The New Irony: Ricky Gervais Brings An Unlikely Hero To Netflix With “Derek”
While the staff meal hasn’t always been something that would be suitable for photography, many restaurants now make it a priority. But why has the staff meal become more important when in other industries and companies, the trend is always toward cutting corners and costs? Jorgensen tells us, “because the deal with food and the end result depends largely on having staff that is happy and can perform at a high level.” … [Read more...] about Eating With The Chefs: A Stomach-Stirring Look At The Staff Meals Served At The World’s Top Restaurants
When The Knick script came to him last May, Soderbergh hadn’t been planning on doing a TV show exactly. He was finishing up what would be his last feature film, Behind the Candelabra. He planned to devote his time to painting but then ended up directing a theatrical production, The Library, doing unusual experiments on his site Extension 765 like re-editing infamous films, unspooling a novella on Twitter, working on a multi-year project to bring his liquor brand, Singani, to America (about which more in an upcoming edition of Co.Create) and generally exploring what the next era of storytelling might look like. He’s been vocal about the shortcomings of the studio movie system and has said in a past interview that, frankly, he wasn’t having fun anymore. TV was a return to fun. … [Read more...] about Bloody Hell: Steven Soderbergh Dissects His Modern, 1900s Medical Drama, “The Knick”