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“Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation.” ~ Dean Kamen
GOOGLE PLEDGES NOT TO SELL FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY NOW
Google will not sell facial recognition products until it works on policies to deal with controversial technology.
WHY THIS STEP?
Google announced that it will abstain from selling facial recognition products till it doesn’t have policies to avert misuse of the controversial technology.
The IT giant is working with various groups to detect issues related to facial recognition, which enables a connected camera to compare a photo of a person to a database for identification.
Kent Walker, Senior Vice President of Global Affairs stated in Social Good Summit in Bangkok, “Like many technologies with multiple uses, facial recognition merits careful consideration to ensure its use is aligned with our principles and values and avoids abuse and harmful outcomes.”
Another reason for taking this decision is the protest of the company’s employees due to its use of AI. This is not the first-time employees of the search giant have protested. Earlier in 2018, Google encountered resignations over a contract with the Pentagon for Maven, a project that employs Artificial Intelligence for drone footage analysis. Due to which, Google decided not to renew the contract, following this CEO Sundar Pichai announced the company’s artificial intelligence principles, a set of guidelines which depicts how the tech giant will and will not use the technology.
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES?
Google’s decision to refrain selling facial recognition technology has its consequences. It has black fired on tech companies designing cutting-edge services. Tech giants such as Amazon & Microsoft employees have disapproved as they are concerned that their companies’ relationships with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and law enforcement entities could require the technology.
Facial recognition technology is quite useful whether it is unlocking a smartphone or helping in cases like a missing person. Still, Google has desisted on providing technology as the company thinks that it is important to know all the implications of the technology.
“This is a strong first step,” Nicole Ozer, technology and civil liberties director for the American Civil Liberties Union of California, said in a statement. “We will continue to put Google’s feet to the fire to make sure it doesn’t build or sell a face surveillance product that violates civil and human rights. We also renew our call on Amazon and Microsoft to not provide dangerous face surveillance to the government.”
TUMBLR IS BACK ON APP STORE AFTER FACING PORN BAN ANNOUNCEMENT
Tumblr might come back on Apple’s App Store after porn ban announcement.
WHAT IS THE MATTER?
Three weeks earlier, Tumblr was kicked out from Apple’s App Store due to their inability of its filters to stop child pornography. Tumblr took it hard, and ten days ago, the company announced a blanket ban on adult material as part of a “better, more positive Tumblr.”
WHAT WAS THE CONCLUSION?
This step has worked at least on one front as the iOS version has returned to Apple’s hallowed halls with a version history with the note “this particular update[…]includes changes to Tumblr’s Community Guidelines, which prohibit certain kinds of content from being shown on Tumblr.”
The app is continued to be listed as “17+” for “Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes/Frequent Intense Sexual Content or Nudity.” The ban is planned to put in full effect from December 17, but the ploy seems to have had a considerable effect. Tumblr has already pointed out adult material through an algorithm, which resulted in a quite hysterical fall-through.
However, if we talk about users such as artists and sex workers who prospered on the platform, would affect negatively. Rumor has it, now Tumblr will be kinder, gentler, which could be a big hit for Tumblr.