January 13, 2021
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Intel develops facial recognition tech
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Intel has added a facial recognition system to its RealSense depth-sensing camera. RealSense ID can be used to quickly gain access to devices such as ATMs and smart locks. The company says its solution adapts to changing physical features, such as glasses and facial hair, and works in varied lighting conditions and for every skin tone.
Full Story: Engadget (1/6) 
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Artificial Intelligence
As the price of storage comes down, more enterprises are gathering more data, with the overall collection rate expected to increase as much as 12% annually. Prashant Sharma, co-founder and chief technical officer at Secuvy, outlines how artificial intelligence can ride to the rescue to satisfy privacy concerns.
Full Story: CPO Magazine (Singapore) (1/8) 
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Mobile and Wireless
The new iOS Overviewer app lets users share documents over Zoom as though they were using the specialized top-down cameras common in classrooms. Overviewer is available on Apple's App Store, and neither Apple nor creator Charlie Chapman is charging for it.
Full Story: 9to5Mac (1/6),  The Verge (1/6) 
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Security and Privacy
Cybercriminals are exploiting human nature but can be countered with "cultural and behavioral shifts toward higher security on both the individual and the collective levels," says psychologist Brenda Wiederhold of the Virtual Reality Medical Center. Wiederhold offers five suggestions, including emphasizing to lawmakers the effects of cybercrime on victims.
Full Story: TechRepublic (1/5) 
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Health Care IT
Researchers found that a diagnostic nomogram with artificial intelligence-based quantitative analysis prompted a 52 percentage-point decline in false-positive rates, without resulting in reduced sensitivity, for screening breast ultrasound-detected masses, compared with final radiologist BI-RADS assessments. The findings were published in Scientific Reports.
Full Story: AuntMinnie (free registration) (1/12) 
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Diversity and Inclusion
Phenom CEO Mahe Bayireddi believes artificial intelligence can help prevent hiring managers from applying unconscious biases when screening candidates. Bayireddi adds that developers must make sure AI systems don't replicate those biases, though, by providing feedback and objective data.
Full Story: Fast Company online (1/8) 
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Government IT and Policy
The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020 allocates billions for artificial intelligence projects and creates a White House office to oversee AI research. The federal government will also enhance CloudBank, which University of Maryland computer scientist Vanessa Frias-Martinez says will be helpful in her research on commuter travel in the Baltimore area.
Full Story: Science (tiered subscription model) (1/6) 
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SIIA's Jesse H. Neal Awards are the most prestigious awards for business journalism and content creation. Now in its 67th year, the Neals honor the brightest, most tenacious and innovative journalists, content creators and designers for their passion and exceptional work. Will you be one of them? We know that 2020 was a challenging year. Yet in the face of a global pandemic, dramatic shifts to virtual workplace, cultural reckonings and a contentious presidential election, the journalism industry created important and powerful work. We want to recognize and celebrate these accomplishments with you. Not an SIIA member? No worries! Nominations are open to both SIIA members and non-members in 2021 -- all are welcome. We hope you'll join us. Nominate someone today.
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The Jan. 5, 2021, Senate runoff elections in Georgia have resulted in both Democratic candidates winning, thus leading to a 50-50 Senate with effective Democratic control as Vice President-elect Harris will cast deciding votes. Even though the majority is razor thin, incoming Majority Leader Schumer will have the power to set the agenda. Democrats retained control of the House of Representatives in the November elections, albeit with a smaller majority. What are the implications of Democratic control of the Congress and the White House? SIIA invites you to join our public policy team to hear about top policy prospects under this new leadership. SIIA's experts will cover topics ranging from privacy legislation, including health privacy, education policy, intellectual property rights, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, trade, emerging technology regulation and more. There will be ample time for Q&A. Register today.
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