The Daily Populous

Tuesday June 9th, 2020 day edition

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IBM will no longer offer general purpose facial recognition or analysis software, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said in a letter to Congress today.

The company will also no longer develop or research the technology, IBM tells The Verge.

“IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any [facial recognition] technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency,” Krishna said in the letter.

“We believe now is the time to begin a national dialogue on whether and how facial recognition technology should be employed by domestic law enforcement agencies.”.

Facial recognition software has improved greatly over the last decade thanks to advances in artificial intelligence.

Facebook was also ordered in January to pay $550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its unlawful use of facial recognition technology.

IBM has tried to help with the issue of bias in facial recognition, releasing a public data set in 2018 designed to help reduce bias as part of the training data for a facial recognition model. »

Four more years of Donald Trump could 'delay global emissions cuts by 10 years’

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Widely viewed as “disastrous”, there was speculation the decision could both lead to higher emissions and trigger an “avalanche” of further departures.

In such scenarios, the 10-year delay in US emissions cuts the researchers expect will result from a longer Trump presidency has far-reaching effects.

This means even if their emissions cuts were large the political impact on other nations would not be eliminated. »

Hartley Sawyer Fired From 'The Flash' After Racist, Misogynist Tweets Surface (Exclusive)

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Actor Hartley Sawyer has been fired from The Flash after a host of his tweets containing misogynist and racist references were surfaced in the past week.

The tweets, all from before he joined The CW series, make references to sexual assault and contain racist and homophobic language.

"Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for season seven of The Flash," reads a statement from The CW, producers Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions and executive producer Eric Wallace. »

Bodycam video shows officer punching Alabama store owner who called 911 to report robbery

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Authorities in Alabama showed body-camera video Monday of a police officer punching a liquor store owner who called 911 to report a robbery in March.

The owner of the store, Kevin Penn, of Decatur, suffered a broken jaw in the confrontation March 15 and was charged with obstruction after refusing to put down a gun, NBC affiliate WAFF of Huntsville reported.

The officer who punched Penn is on administrative duty during an internal investigation, he said. »

Judge Reggie Walton Finished Reading Full Mueller Report

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Federal Judge, After Reading the Unredacted Mueller Report, Orders DOJ to Explain Itself at Hearing.

But Judge Walton, having reviewed the full Mueller Report in his chambers, made clear that he has some questions that the DOJ cannot answer remotely:.

Having reviewed the unredacted version of the Mueller Report, the Court cannot assess the merits of certain redactions without further representations from the Department. »