Scott P Winter
Long lines and waits have been commonplace for many years for security checks at major events in China. A facial recognition system currently in development may change that according to CEO Robin Li Yanhong of multinational tech company Baidu.
Current measures to identify people attending the “Two Sessions”–China’s national legislature meetings–have been inconvenient according to many. This year’s sessions features a system called “Sky Net”, which can alert authorities if a wanted person identified by facial recognition.
China’s push to lead the world in artificial intelligence is evident by its growing use of facial recognition. Some of Beijing’s subway stations have already installed facial recognition cameras, and railway police in China’s Henan province have been equipped with facial recognition technology to assist in screening passengers.
Police officers at the Two Sessions this year have worn panoramic body-cameras that can identify wanted suspects in real time. Up to 50,000 officers are expected to wear them this year.
What are your thoughts on facial recognition? Will its positive impacts outweigh any potential negative impacts?
In a project entitled the Human Verifiable Computing project, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland used augmented and virtual reality to develop solutions that build trust between people and systems regarding information security. This connection between humans and technology is a key element of what is to come in the future, where interactions between the two are effortless and a part of daily life.
The key functionality the project showed involved human senses. For example, voice recognition was used for single-use passwords that had been distributed through augmented reality. Multi-sensory feedback can also be used; an example being a maintenance worker that is shown visual instructions on how to turn a valve, with an error message showing via image or audio alert to a user’s smart glasses if the instructions aren’t followed properly. Haptic (touch sensitive) feedback can also be implemented by making a user’s chosen mobile device vibrate.
What do you think this kind of technology could lead to down the road? Is this mixture of human sense and technology worth developing?
Starting on May 9th, 2018, companies working in critical services across the UK will have to make themselves compliant with new data protection regulations. These regulations are put in place to force companies to become more serious about protecting themselves and their customers against potential cyber security breaches.
Critical services include organizations working with energy, transport, and water and health, among others. Fines of up to £17 million ($24 million) can be inflicted upon companies that don’t meet the basic security requirements. These requirements include having the proper personnel in place, having the right attack detection techniques, as well as having the right attack mitigation techniques in the event of an attack. If an organization has to be notified of an improvement that must be made, a fine can be given as a”last resort” to get organizations to pay closer attention to protecting their systems. Is it fair to fine companies millions for not having their IT security completely up to par? Perhaps inflicting heavy fines could encourage a better cyber security infrastructure for companies.
In another article covering this same topic, the author presents the idea that perhaps cloud computing and the vital information and services it protects and provides are as important as power, transport and fresh water. Is this comparison accurate, and if so, why? It is key to think about the importance of protecting the services that we that we depend on for our basic needs, such as water and healthcare.
Lastly, the US is more focused on newer infrastructure development as opposed to becoming tighter with security regulations. Is this a good idea?
Feel free to comment any thoughts or questions you might have.