Madison turns his desk into a giant touchscreen that puts an iPad to shame. He gives his keyboard digital sheet music that floats where a paper score would be. His armchair has a controller to create a virtual, floating screen. Oh, and it appears he can pull up video on a model of his actual TV, too. Perhaps that sounds cheesy. Why put video on a TV when it could float anywhere? But it looks perfectly normal in practice because it matches our existing expectation, that video plays on a device in our environment. And it’s a good example of how, while all these use cases might not blow you away Minority Report-style, they signal a more realistic future for VR where real and virtual objects coexist mindlessly. … [Read more...] about In the home of the future, every surface is an interface
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In April, Idemia announced a partnership with the Boston Red Sox. As the first MLB team to collaborate with Idemia, Fenway Park will be equipped with the company’s Fast Pass lane, which fans can only use if they submit to fingerprint scanning. The company boasts of providing a wide range of “identity-related services” for commercial customers through its IdentoGo centers. “Our primary service is the secure capture and transmission of electronic fingerprints for employment, certification, licensing and other verification purposes,” the company says. “Additional services, such as passport photos, identity history checks and fingerprint cards are available at participating locations today, and new identity-related products and services are being developed for the future.” … [Read more...] about Due to weak oversight, we don’t really know how tech companies are using facial recognition data
Kira’s set of bias-fighting tools are designed to reduce the impact one person’s bias can have during human review. A Reviewer Analytics feature aims to ensure that admissions officers are rating applicants consistently and fairly: by calculating the average rating for each reviewer across all applications, colleges can identify outliers who are scoring applicants with too much or too little rigor. To counter groupthink, which can give more weight to the loudest voice in the room, the software combines feedback from multiple reviewers without each reviewer seeing their colleagues’ ratings and notes and produces an overall average score for each applicant’s responses. … [Read more...] about Schools are using software to help pick who gets in. What could go wrong?
It is true that the large-cap space is heavily owned by institutional investors and moving into it could limit the return potential for funds. Of course, aggressive hybrid funds aren’t meant to deliver high returns – they’re meant to limit losses in market corrections. Stepping up allocation to riskier stocks to prop up returns would be at odds with this and has prevented aggressive hybrid funds from fulfilling this role; if aggressive funds were to fall as much as large-cap equity schemes, it diminishes the purpose behind holding them. … [Read more...] about Hybrid equity funds are turning the corner
A spokesperson for the startup told Fast Company that its face recognition technology has never been sold and is not currently in use in Hong Kong, where widespread protests against the government have incensed the police and increased tensions with China. However, AnyVision recently advertised an opening for a Hong Kong-based “Regional Sales Manager” on its website, a position that would entail establishing and managing partnerships in Hong Kong and Macau (another special administrative region of China). AnyVision has since removed the Hong Kong job posting from its company careers page. A job ad for a Technical Service Manager in Macau, a position that would help maintain existing accounts and find new ones, is still up on the website. And Global Sources, a Hong Kong-based business-to-business media company that facilitates high-volume trade between China and the world, features an AnyVision CCTV product, the Artificial Intelligence Super WDR Indoor Box Camera, on … [Read more...] about Microsoft-backed facial recognition firm rethinks its role in Hong Kong