Top AI stories in August
With September upon us, Inside AI takes a look at the most interesting stories that made headlines last month:
- U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced legislation that would prohibit private companies from collecting biometric data—including faceprints and fingerprints—without consumers' and employees' consent. The National Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2020 would allow consumers and state attorney general to file lawsuits if their biometric data is obtained without permission. It would also bar companies from selling that data.
- Chinese AI company Xiao-i - which received a patent for a voice assistant similar to Siri - has filed a $1.43b lawsuit claiming that Apple infringed upon its patent. Xiao-i, officially known as Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co., wants Apple to stop manufacturing or selling its Siri-enabled products - namely, the iPhone and iPad - in China.
- Fawkes - a software that helps people protect their online images from unauthorized facial recognition - has had more than 50,000 downloads. University of Chicago researchers developed the tool, which makes pixel-level changes unseen by the human eye to trick facial recognition models into seeing no face at all. They are now working on a free app version for non-coders...