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Facial recognition software is not ready for use by law enforcement | TechCrunch
This is a pretty amazing op-ed from the CEO of a facial recognition software development company:

Facial recognition technologies, used in the identification of suspects, negatively affects people of color. To deny this fact would be a lie. And clearly, facial recognition-powered government surveillance is an extraordinary invasion of the privacy of all citizens — and a slippery slope to losing control of our identities altogether. There’s really no “nice” way to acknowledge these things.

I’ve been pretty clear about the potential dangers associated with current racial biases in face recognition, and open in my opposition to the use of the technology in law enforcement. As the black chief executive of a software company developing facial recognition services, I have a personal connection to the technology, both culturally and socially.

Having the privilege of a comprehensive understanding of how the software works gives me a unique perspective that has shaped my positions about its uses. As a result, I (and my company) have come to believe that the use of commercial facial recognition in law enforcement or in government surveillance of any kind is wrong — and that it opens the door for gross misconduct by the morally corrupt.
techcrunch  facial-recognition  computer-vision  machine-learning  racism  algorithms  america 
19 days ago by jm
The Terrible Technical Interview
TechCrunch, very down on the traditional big-O-and-whiteboard tech interview. See also https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9243169 for some good comments at HN. To be honest I think a good comprehension of data structures and big-O is pretty vital though....
interviewing  jobs  management  hr  hiring  techcrunch 
march 2015 by jm
Foreign Founders Should Look Beyond Silicon Valley | TechCrunch
'Reasons abound for international entrepreneurs and top technical talent to stay away from Silicon Valley and build their startup somewhere else.'

Strongly agreed. This factoid is particularly nuts:

'As Balaji Srinivasan of a16z has observed, roughly 50%+ of the capital allocated for early stage tech investments is actually flowing into Bay Area real estate, directly through office rentals and indirectly via home rentals as a primary driver of skyrocketing salaries.'
salary  bay-area  silicon-valley  usa  tech  jobs  work  real-estate  rent  startups  techcrunch 
january 2015 by jm
Google Maps Has Forsaken Us
+1. What has happened at Google? Did they fire ever employee in the UX department?
ux  ui  google  gmaps  mapping  web  techcrunch 
may 2014 by jm
Why We Need To Abolish Software Patents
'Pam Samuelson, one of the co-authors of the report, says that her conclusion from the research is that the world may be better off without software patents; that the biggest beneficiaries of software patents are patent lawyers and patent trolls, not entrepreneurs.' no shit, Sherlock
ip  patents  techcrunch  startups  swpats  via:brian-caulfield  software  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
TechCrunch falls for Facebook fakie
FB add a (working!) "Fax This Photo" feature, only visible to TechCrunch IP ranges -- and TC fall for it, pushing an unverified story to live, after waiting only 24 minutes for a verification. nice one FB
facebook  fax  dead-media  funny  pranks  punkd  techcrunch  pr  humor  from delicious
september 2009 by jm

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