TSA could expand its facial recognition ID system, Adobe is expanding creations made with generative AI, and vendors selling stolen data products on dark web markets have had more than $140 million in revenue.
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TSA could expand the pilot program of its facial recognition identification system to airports across the country next year. As of now, the system is currently being deployed at 16 domestic airports in the United States. According to reports from insider and The Washington Post, TSA’s use of controversial technology, which relies on “live photos” cross-referenced to your driver’s license photo, was originally introduced at DC’s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport due to Covid-19. Since its inception, it has now expanded to include Los Angeles International Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and Orlando International Airport. The technology is currently opt-in, with passengers going to a kiosk, pocketing their ID and having their faces scanned. Alternatively, passengers may choose a standard TSA screening process.
Source: Business Insider
Adobe is opening its stock image service to creations made with generative AI programs like Dall-E and Stable Diffusion. At its Max conference this October, Adobe said it sees AI as a complement, not a replacement, for human artists. However, many artists see emerging AI creation tools as a threat to jobs or a legal minefield. But the latest news from Adove shows that it will now accept images submitted by artists who have used generative AI on the same terms as other works. Corresponding axios, the company requires artists to declare any generative AI programs they use. Earlier this year, Getty Images said it would not accept submissions that use generative AI, citing legal risks.
A Ars Technica The report found that several thousand vendors selling tens of thousands of stolen data products across 30 dark web markets generated more than $140 million in revenue over an eight-month period. Dark web markets are known for selling illegal products. The company found more information about the sale of the stolen data. Overall, there were just over 2000 vendors who advertised at least one of the 96,672 product offerings on the 30 marketplaces. Marketplaces recorded 632,207 sales in these markets generating approximately $140 million in total sales.
Source: Ars Technica
A study published in scientific advances found that laser light therapy has been shown to be an effective method for improving short-term memory. Scientists from the University of Birmingham in the UK and Beijing Normal University in China have shown that the non-invasive therapy can improve people’s short-term or working memory by up to 25 percent. The treatment is applied to an area of the brain known as the right prefrontal cortex, which is an important area for memory. In their experiment, the team showed how the working memory of the research participants improved after a treatment lasting several minutes.
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