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A U.N. report highlights the potential malicious impact of hackers on autonomous cars, drones, and other AI-powered technologies. For example, hackers could gain access to the networks controlling AI systems for self-driving cars, allowing them to speed up or slow down traffic to carry out heists.
The Los Angeles Police Department has banned its employees from using third-party facial recognition systems. This includes Clearview AI's system, which has faced scrutiny for its software that allows law enforcement to match images of suspects' faces to a database of 3 billion+ social media images.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new government agency that's dedicated to artificial intelligence. As of today, few details were available, though it appears the agency would focus on AI in the military. Johnson also announced a large boost in the U.K.'s defense spending equal to $21.8B (£16.5B) over four years. It's the largest investment in British defense in 30 years.