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London Streets' Facial Recognition Cams
Very Controversial Street Surveillance System
Stock Image: Surveillance Camera
Purpose to Stop Violent Crime
London is becoming one of the largest city in the Western world to utilize advanced and highly controversial facial recognition cameras on its streets. China is the biggest user of the technology. Critics are calling London "Beijing Lite". Critics argue facial recognition technology violates individual's privacy and has an extremely high false positive rate of 81%, according to independent research.
European Union, Google and Microsoft Snooping Wars
Major players are weighing in on this emerging, disruptive technology. The European Union has proposed a 5 year temporary ban on use of facial recognition technology until the kinks are ironed out and abuses can be thwarted. At Davos this week, Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that he supports a temporary ban. On the other hand, Microsoft CEO Brad Smith does not support any delays.
London Metropolitan Police Deployment
London police are now in the process of deploying the advanced facial recognition camera system. They are placing very visible cameras with NEC facial recognition technology in neighborhoods with high crime rates, where they are most likely to find serious offenders. The technology is designed to identify people on a watch list and provide police with their real-time location. London police say it will be "intelligence led". The Financial Times has editorialized against the system, calling it "highly invasive and often inaccurate biometric monitoring."
Big Ben is Looking at You
London's advanced camera system will be fully operation within the month. Interestingly, the UK has more traditional surveillance cameras per person than any other country, other than China. The new London facial recognition system has been ruled legal by a Judge but that decision is being appealed. Here in the US, the cities of San Francisco and Cambridge, MA have banned the use of such technology. For a look at journalist Edward Kane's book "How to Use AI and AR", go to https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B07KBBQ44J&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_x9glEbB8CWGYM
Robot, Cut My Lawn Source: Husqvarna Mowers Robo Mowers Powered by Batteries - No Gas It's at the top of my robotic wish list. A robot lawn mower. No astronomical bills and upselling from lawn service companies. Just a nicely cut lawn and no hassles. Innovation seems to be knocking at the front door with news on robotic mowers. Green Robots at the Cutting Edge There's a slew of new robot mowers. Models include Worx Landroid for smaller lawns, Honda that cuts and feeds lawns, Robomow for all-purpose mowing and Husqvarna that's loaded with cell & GPS tech. These mowers aren't cheap. Prices range from $1000 to $3500. They're powered by rechargeable batteries so they're quiet. You pay more for online enhancements. And, if your lawn is loaded with trees and hills, your robot mower is going to be a lot more expensive. Grass Vacuums Robot mowers look a lot like big robot vacuums such as iRobot's Roomba. They roam and groom your lawn. Their
Amazon Book Promotion Source: Amazon Special Deep Discount for a Limited Time I'm pleased to announce that Kindle and Amazon are beginning a promotion on journalist Edward Kane's book "SPACE 2020's: WHAT'S UP THERE?". Starting May 27 through May 30, the book goes on sale for $3.99. That is a deep discount off the regular price of $6.99. And, on May 31 through June 2 8AM PDT, it will be selling for $4.99. It then returns to its regular price of $6.99 Great Deals on a Great Resource If you enjoy learning about WHAT'S UP THERE? in space, you'll love the book and find it a great resource on the top space missions and very recent space discoveries of the 2020's. Here's a link for access to the book ASIN: B087DV4DZ6 And for access to Ed's Amazon Author's Page, click here amazon.com/author/ekane I co-authored the books with Ed. ... ...
New Invention: Tablet Toothpaste "Change Toothpaste" Source: Change Toothpaste Potentially Cuts 900 Million Plastic Toothpaste Tube Throwaways Per Year Tubes of toothpaste aren't something you think about but their impact on the global environment is hugely negative. 900 million toothpaste tubes are discarded into oceans and landfills globally every year. Importantly, it takes 500 years for them to breakdown, which means virtually every toothpaste tube created is still discarded someplace in the world. And, the tubes, which contain multiple layers of plastic, polymers and resins, can't be recycled. A company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta Canada just came up with a solution in the form of tablet toothpaste. "Paste with No Waste" Entrepreneurs Mike Medicoff and Damien Vince are the inventors and founders of CHANGE Toothpaste. Their tablet toothpaste is an all natural vegan substance that works just like toothpaste but has no harsh chemic