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Facial recognition technology is in use throughout the world -- and ready to change the planet, NBC News reported.
The most recent sign of the revolution came with statement fresh iPhones are employing the technologies.
However, NBC News reported in China, the technology is currently in office buildings and at ATM machines, even while high-end European resorts and retailers use it identify star customers -- and Australian airports are installing a system to allow passengers get through security without passports.
"Everyone's face is slightly different, so it's almost like a 3D fingerprint," Lyndon Smith, professor of computer simulation and machine vision in the University of the West of England, told NBC News. "Even identical twins, you can differentiate between them if you're applying this type of technique."
"Wherever you go in the world ... you could, rather than carrying a card around with a PIN and all this sophistication, just simply use your own face," he added.
According to NBC News, researchers in the U.K. and India have developed a system which can even see through disguises. Its goal, says researcher Amarjot Singh, a graduate student in engineering at the University of Cambridge, is to "take a lot of criminals off of the streets."
"Essentially you've developed an X-ray to look into people's individuality, and that I think is very exciting," he told NBC News.
The revolution has sparked some anxiety.
Last week, Stanford University researchers triggered a controversy when they released study indicating facial recognition can predict sexual orientation, NBC News reported.
"Our intention is certainly to not have some type of Big Brother thing going on; we would not want this system to be employed by anybody who didn't want to use it," Smith told NBC News. "We are not trying to monitor people -- we're trying to help people in their daily lives."
Google is training its artificial intelligence machinery to understand human behavior by using YouTube videos, that the New York Post reported Tuesday.
The Mountain View company has pulled more than accessible clips to emphasize about 80 human actions like hugging, kicking, walking, and shaking hands. Called AVA, or "atomic visual activities,"the movies are 3 second clips curated from YouTube and sourced from a "variety of genres and countries of origin." Some hail from popular films.
"Despite exciting breakthroughs made over the previous years in classifying and finding objects in pictures, recognizing human actions still remains a big challenge," Alphabet-owned Google wrote in an Oct. 19 blog post. "This is a result of the fact that actions are, by nature, less well-defined than items in videos."
Massive changes are being driven by AI at Google and CEO Sundar Pichai has put intelligence in the forefront of almost everything the business is currently doing. Google's new Pixel smartphones brings on Intel technologies, and Rolls Royce recently announced a partnership with the site in order to create smarter, autonomous boats based on AI and machine learning and is the first agreement ever in the marine sector.
About 300 nationalists and neo-Nazis took to this small Tennessee town of Shelbyville's streets to protest refugee resettlement before this year in the state, which resisted the government over the issue.
The "White Lives Matter" rally, organized by a number of the very same groups involved at a Virginia march in August which turned violent, drew an equal number of counter-demonstrators along with a significant police presence.
After Shelbyville, the protesters were due to traveling about 35 miles north to Murfreesboro for a second rally.
The two cities are just southeast of Nashville, whose area is now home to refugees from elsewhere, Iraq and Somalia.
The day's protests were coordinated from the Front, a coalition such as the League of the Vanguard and South America, considered neo-Nazi or even neo-Confederate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
"We don't need the federal government to maintain dumping all these refugees into middle Tennessee," said Brad Griffin, a League of the South member who's written about his desire to make a white "ethnostate."
To help keep the peace, Shelbyville police utilized temporary fencing to distinguish the nationalists from counter-demonstrators at a protest area that was central. Has been searched. Backpacks, sticks, guns and things which may double as weapons were banned.
The nationalist demonstrators gathered behind a half dozen white shields. Counter-protesters carried signs with slogans including "Do not Hate" and "Veterans for Peace."
Faith leaders and local officials have denounced the gatherings.
Over the previous 15 decades, about 18,000 refugees are resettled in Tennessee, less than one percent of the nation's inhabitants, according to the Tennessean newspaper.
A lawsuit filed against the government in March from Tennessee said the state had been unduly made to pay for refugee resettlements. It had been the first state to bring such a case on the grounds of the 10th Amendment, which restricts U.S. government forces to those provided by the Constitution, although other countries have filed similar suits on various legal grounds.
"When they say refugees, what they really mean is Muslims," said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, referring to Saturday's protesters.
He noted that a Murfreesboro mosque was a source of vandalism and controversy for several years.
"Tennessee is one of the states that has seen a increase in anti-Muslim bigotry in the last couple of decades, particularly since the election," Hooper said.
President Donald Trump has sought to prohibit traveling from seven Muslim-majority nations since he took office and predicted during his 2016 election campaign to get a "complete and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the USA."
Inspired by the flying home in Pixar's "Up", One guy has taken flight with just a cluster of brightly-coloured helium balloons.
Tom Morgan is the owner of The Adventurists, an adventure tourism company that adventures and tests stunts out then bring them. Tom says the result is going to be a 3-day race throughout the sky in Africa.
There is lots of preparation to be done.
Lately, Tom and his staff worked out the kinks of this plan in Botswana. Tom was able to achieve lift-off With 100 balloons tied to a lawn chair that was simple, after numerous attempts to become airborne; Tom soared to an altitude of 8,000 feet!
Tropical Storm Selma made landfall on the coast of El Salvador on Saturday with heavy rains, winds and ocean swells, while the other system developing in the Caribbean was on a prediction path taking it toward Cuba and then Florida.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Selma struck El Salvador's shore in the afternoon before dropping strength over land, weakening to a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph). The storm's center was located approximately 45 miles (75 km) east of San Salvador, and it was going northeast at 8 mph (13 kph).
The center said Selma was "expected to generate torrential rains and flash floods through Sunday," and Salvadoran Civil Defense manager Jorge Melendez said the rainfall would be "powerful and intense."
Salvadoran authorities reported some harm trees which toppled onto rivers and roads threatening to leading their banks, involving mudslides.
From the Caribbean sea, meanwhile, Tropical Depression Eighteen formed south of Cuba with winds of 35 mph (55 kph). It was centered about 80 miles (130 km) south of Havana and moving toward the north-northeast in 25 miles (41 kph). Strengthening was anticipated.
The hurricane center said the melancholy was "producing heavy rains across central Cuba and dispersing northward over the Florida Keys and South Florida."
The center of the storm was predicted to pass in the day over Cuba and near the Keys overnight.
Tropical storm warnings were in place for parts of Cuba and the Bahamas, and a tropical storm watch was issued for parts and the upper Keys of Florida.
Heavy rains were anticipated for the Bahamas, central and western Cuba and the Cayman Islands. The middle forecast about two to four inches of rainfall with greater localized accumulations and flash floods in South Florida.
Russia Today, the news outlet that tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections by way of social media based on the U.S. intelligence community, on Friday revealed Twitter's multi-million-dollar election advertising sales pitch.
RT, which stated it didn't take the pitch, published the proposal one day following Twitter declared it'd banned RT and Sputnik from placing ads on its platform. The social media giant said it removed all advertisements.
RT also denied Twitter's report "implying that RT was hoping to influence US public opinion, crucially without providing context that virtually all news media businesses spend less on advertising their news coverage."
Twitter, which is working with U.S. lawmakers as they continue to research meddling in the election, in a blog post stated it was banning advertisements "as part of our continuing commitment to help protect the integrity of the consumer experience on Twitter."
"Early this season, the U.S. intelligence community named RT and Sputnik as implementing state-sponsored Russian efforts to interfere with and disrupt the 2016 Presidential election, which is not something we want on Twitter," the post continued.
Twitter, Facebook and Google are under intense scrutiny by the U.S. government for permitting foreign groups to purchase political ads targeting U.S. Republicans and will all testify before Congress concerning the role the firms played in Russia's effort to influence the election on Nov. 1.
On 5 December 2013 Intelligence Squared and the OECD brought together thought-leaders from the world's leading development think tanks, academia and civil society offered different perspectives on these questions, and discussed what needs to be done to end poverty after 2015.
In this short infographic, we look at some of the key questions in the debate around ending poverty.