YouTubers are unionizing, and the site has 24 days to respond

“The YouTubers Union is headed by Jörg Sprave, a German content creator who makes videos of weird slingshots and has over 2 million subscribers. He got involved in activism after YouTube took down some of his videos as part of a crackdown on weapon-related content on the platform, even though they didn’t violate the site’s content guidelines.

Many YouTubers have had similar experiences of videos being taken down or demonetized without explanation. Some prominent creators have access to a YouTube Partner Manager who can answer queries, but smaller creators often find it impossible to contact any real human being at YouTube. With bots doing the majority of the moderation on the site, it’s easy for videos to be miscategorized and hard for creators to appeal these decisions.”

Experts: Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targets

LONDON (AP) — Katie Jones sure seemed plugged into Washington’s political scene. The 30-something redhead boasted a job at a top think tank and a who’s-who network of pundits and experts, from the centrist Brookings Institution to the right-wing Heritage Foundation. She was connected to a deputy assistant secretary of state, a senior aide to a senator and the economist Paul Winfree, who is being considered for a seat on the Federal Reserve.

But Katie Jones doesn’t exist, The Associated Press has determined. Instead, the persona was part of a vast army of phantom profiles lurking on the professional networking site LinkedIn. And several experts contacted by the AP said Jones’ profile picture appeared to have been created by a computer program.

Source: Experts: Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targets

White House Launches Online Tool to Report Social Media ‘Political Bias’

“The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online,” the official White House account tweeted Wednesday while unveiling the new reporting tool, which also asks people to sign up to receive Trump’s email newsletters so they can stay up to date on his “fight for free speech.” “No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it!”

2018: Amazon is working with police to provide facial recognition surveillance.

In November 2016, Amazon released a new service called Rekognition, which can “process millions of photos a day” to identify people and objects in the images. That data can then be used, as Amazon put it in a blog post at the time, to “perform visual surveillance, inspecting photos for objects or people of interest or concern” or for smart billboards that collect demographic data on passersby to create personalized ads. The company boasted it could identify up to 100 people in a single image, a valuable tool for surveillance of large crowds, like at protests, crowded department stores, or subway stations.It didn’t take long for the police to get their hands on Amazon’s new surveillance tool.

Source: Amazon is working with police to provide facial recognition surveillance.

Kids design 3D crosswalk to force drivers to slow down in school zones | |

(Meredith) – A pair of elementary school kids designed a 3D crosswalk to force drivers to slow down in their Massachusetts neighborhood. The crosswalk, which mimics a speed bump, is merely an optical illusion. Similar crosswalks have been used in countries like England and China to improve safety on city streets.

Source: Kids design 3D crosswalk to force drivers to slow down in school zones | |

Amazon’s facial-recognition technology is supercharging local police

Then, in late 2017, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office became the first law enforcement agency in the country known to use Amazon’s artificial-intelligence tool Rekognition, transforming this thicket of forests and suburbs into a public testing ground for a new wave of experimental police surveillance techniques.

Almost overnight, deputies saw their investigative powers supercharged, allowing them to scan for matches of a suspect’s face across more than 300,000 mug shots taken at the county jail since 2001. A grainy picture of someone’s face – captured by a security camera, a social media account or a deputy’s smartphone – can quickly become a link to their identity, including their name, family and address. More than 1,000 facial-recognition searches were logged last year, said deputies, who sometimes used the results to find a suspect’s Facebook page or visit their home.

Magic Leap’s Mica available for hands-on demos in Unreal Engine Booth during GDC

Mica was developed in Unreal Engine by a team of Magic Leap specialists to deliver a convincing digital human within a spatial computing environment. Based around the idea of human-centered rather than data-centered AI, Mica aims to enhance the lives of individual users, with cultural, behavioral, and other contexts taken into account. AI also drives Mica’s ability to look users in the eye and orient her position relative to them, enabling her to achieve a greater level of comfort with users.