The Capitol riot is spurring new interest in gun-detection AI

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Facial detection has all sorts of technological and ethical problems. What if we tried to prevent crime by using software to spot weapons? A new round of debate over surveillance technology broke out after the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. As some oberservers wisely pointed out , such events make it tempting to loosen restrictions on surveillance technologies such as facial recognition in the name of safety, but yielding to those temptations could lead to a rapid erosion of privacy and civil liberties. The Patriot Act Congress adopted after 9/11 (and the mass surveillance programs that followed) is a notable example. Read Full Story

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Bad news, Hollywood: 90% of survey respondents want COVID-19 vaccine before going back to movies

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A survey found that an overwhelming majority of people said a coronavirus vaccine was the key factor in deciding when they’d return to the cineplex. A recent study conducted by events analytics firm Performance Research—in partnership with Full Circle Research Co. and published by Variety —could mean bad news for Hollywood. Seventy percent of respondents said they prefer to watch new movies from home—a continuation of a worrisome trend for the film industry. Thirteen percent of those respondents said they would watch from a local cinema, and the last 17% were unsure. Read Full Story

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