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Cryplogger AI collected the most important news from the world of AI over the past week.

  • Russian banks collect biometric data that does not meet EBS standards.
  • In Chicago, they demanded a ban on the ShotSpotter shot detection system.
  • In the UK, they supported the idea of ​​scanning users’ smartphones for the presence of CSAM materials.
  • Meta will increase the number of recommendations in the Facebook and Instagram home feeds from accounts to which the user is not following.
  • Enthusiasts have created a Keanu Reeves deepfake with realistic facial expressions.
  • Scientists have turned dead spiders into robots.
  • The most important transactions in the field of AI.

Media: Russian banks collect low-quality biometrics

90% of the data collected by Russian banks do not meet the standards of the Unified Biometric System (UBS).

According to “Kommersant”, the main problem is with the Quality Control Library (QCL). The system is designed to filter data, and its current version allows only 10-30% of the biometrics provided by banks to pass through, and they need to delete the rest of the samples.

The type of information is also important. EBS requires photographs and voice casts, while commercial biometric systems (BBS) collect fingerprints, retinal images, palm vein patterns, and other data.

Today, the CBS stores up to 70 million face casts, of which less than 50 million are unique, and 20 million voice recordings. Only 4-5 million samples will get into the EBS.

The Ministry of Digital Transformation is discussing the preservation of biometrics that have not passed the BPC check, “taking into account the need to comply with information security requirements.”

In Chicago demanded to ban the system of recognition of shots

human rights activists filed sued the authorities of Chicago (USA) due to the use of ShotSpotter shot detection technology.

Representatives of the MacArthur Center for Justice called the AI ​​system “inaccurate and unreliable.” They accused the city police of “blind faith” in the technology in the case of Michael Williams, who spent 11 months in jail over ShotSpotter’s false evidence. Law enforcement officers did not even investigate other versions of the murder, the document says.

According to activists, 89% of alerts generated by the system do not contain evidence of any crime. In two years, the AI ​​sent more than 40,000 unverified notifications to the police, they added.

In ShotSpotter called the allegations are “completely false”. The verification carried out by independent experts showed that the accuracy of the technology is 97%, the company noted.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages for Williams and a ban on the use of ShotSpotter in Chicago.

New Orleans police to resume using facial recognition

City Council of New Orleans (USA) partially lifted the ban on the use of facial recognition technology by the police.

Now law enforcement officers will be able to request access to biometric identification systems to identify suspects or witnesses in the investigation of crimes.

The police department said lifting the ban would give the city’s “exhausted forces” more tools to find and arrest the perpetrators of the murders and other acts of violence.

Human rights activists called the city council’s decision a “mistake”. They noted that the police did not provide any evidence of the “importance” of AI systems in solving crimes.

A ban on the use of facial recognition technology in New Orleans went into effect in 2020 amid mass protests.

The UK supported the idea of ​​scanning users’ smartphones

UK National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC) and General Directorate of Government Communications (GCHQ) supported a plan to scan citizens’ smartphones for CSAM materials.

The project involves tech companies like Facebook and Apple using an AI tracking system for user messages to detect images of child abuse. According to NCSC and GCHQ, such software will protect minors and privacy.

Child advocacy groups supported the plan, calling it “an important and credible intervention.”

Critics have said the project undermines the benefits of end-to-end encryption. Instead, the focus should be on non-technological ways to detect child abuse, they added.

Media: Google can transfer data from Nest devices to the police without a warrant

Google may transmit user data from Nest devices at the request of the police without the consent of customers and a warrant.

According to politics Google, with the potential to prevent someone’s death or serious harm, the tech giant can provide the necessary information to government agencies.

A Nest spokesperson noted that the company is trying to notify its users about the transfer of data, but reserves the right to disclose information even without a warrant in emergency situations.

In the UK, they will create a fighter that “reads the minds” of pilots

In 2027 in the UK will present a working prototype of the Tempest jet fighter capable of reading pilots’ minds.

Demonstration of the Tempest fighter. Data: BBC.

Pilot helmets are equipped with sensors to monitor brain signals and other medical data that are used to train AI. The technology will help pilots fly the fighter jet in unforeseen or stressful situations.

According to the developers, a demonstration combat aircraft will be created at the plant in Lancaster. The fighter will be a test bed for a variety of technologies.

The project involves British defense developer BAE Systems, automaker Rolls-Royce, European missile systems company MDBA and engineering holding Leonardo.

Until the end of 2023, Meta will increase the number of recommendations for new accounts on Instagram and Facebook.

According to the head of the company Mark Zuckerberg, artificial intelligence can find content of interest to users, which increases the involvement and quality of platforms. Meta will start using AI to recommend everything people share on social media, including photos and links, he added.

Zuckerberg noted that today, Facebook’s algorithms offer 15% of the content, and on Instagram this figure is even higher.

AMD Introduces AI Noise Cancellation

AMD released Noise Suppression smart noise reduction tool. The feature is available in Radeon Adrenalin Graphics Driver Update version 22.7.1.

The plugin uses AI algorithms to remove background sounds and improve the clarity of the user’s speech in real time. The tool works for input and output devices, which allows you to minimize the noise coming from the interlocutor’s microphone.

Noise Suppression works on computers with a Ryzen 5000 series processor or later, or a Radeon RX 6000 and later graphics card.

Enthusiasts have created a realistic deepfake Keanu Reeves

AI developers have created a digital copy of Keanu Reeves with realistic facial expressions.

Enthusiasts used the Metahuman tool, designed to render 3D models on Unreal Engine 5. They also used the DeepFaceLab deepfake application.

Scientists create robots from dead spiders

Researchers at Rice University have turned dead spiders into robots capable of grasping small objects. Necrobots can lift 130% more than their own weight.

The researchers inserted the needle into so spider and fixed it with a drop of superglue. Using a syringe, they filled or evacuated air from the cephalothorax chamber, causing the limbs to move. Such a necrobot can perform up to 1000 “open and close” cycles.

According to scientists, in the future, robot spiders will help in the assembly of microelectronics or trapping insects.

The most important AI deals of the last week

From July 24 to July 30, 2022, AI startups raised over $519 million. Here are the most interesting transactions.

  • Seedtag received more than $252 million for scaling AI tools for creating contextual advertising.
  • Chinese manufacturer of collaborative robots Jaka Robotics attracted $150 million
  • Theater collected $39.5 million to support a platform for analyzing surgical records.
  • RPA Supervisor attracted $20 million for the development of tools for automating routine tasks.
  • Nash received $20 million to expand the software development team to manage and recommend local deliveries to customers.
  • Developers of smart sensors to assess office occupancy Butlr collected $20 million
  • Evabot attracted $10.83 million to support a chatbot to survey potential recipients of corporate gifts.
  • Drover AI received $5.4 million to develop a computer vision system for scooters.
  • The creators of the smart device for catching and processing fish Shinkei Systems collected $1.3 million

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