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A Chinese city plans to monitor its citizens and rank them by healthiness with an app, making its emergency COVID-19 surveillance regime permanent

A Chinese city plans to monitor its citizens and rank them by healthiness with an app, making its emergency COVID-19 surveillance regime permanent

iSpeech Sinéad Baker | Business Insider | Source URL A Chinese city is proposing making a version of the health surveillance app rolled out during the coronavirus pandemic a permanent system that would score and rank residents based on their health and daily habits. Hangzhou, a city in eastern China […]

Mind-reading AI turns thoughts into words using a brain implant

iSpeech Jason Arunn Murugesu | New Scientist | Source URL An artificial intelligence can accurately translate thoughts into sentences, at least for a limited vocabulary of 250 words. The system may bring us a step closer to restoring speech to people who have lost the ability because of paralysis. Joseph […]

UN report shines light on psychological torture

iSpeech.org Mia Swart | Al-Jazeera | Source URL A new United Nations report has set out a comprehensive definition of psychological torture for the first time. An advance, unedited version of the report – titled Torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment – which was released late on Monday, gives a comprehensive legal framework […]

China’s facial recognition systems are evolving to recognise people with partially covered faces as coronavirus outbreak prompts huge increase in the number wearing masks

Text to Speech Voices Joe Pinkstone | The Daily Mail | Source URL Chinese companies specialising in facial recognition have upgraded the technology to identify people wearing masks in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Chinese company SenseTime, described as ‘the most valuable AI startup in the world’ and worth […]

UN warns of rise of ‘cybertorture’ to bypass physical ban

iSpeech.org Rapporteur warns against trivialising psychological torture as states exploit internet to target individuals Owen Bowcott | The Guardian | Source URL Psychological torture is being exploited by states to circumvent the more widely understood ban on physically inflicting pain and may open the way to a future of “cybertorture”, […]

Cash, Plastic or Hand? Amazon Envisions Paying With a Wave

iSpeech.org Tech giant plans terminals to let consumers link credit card information to their hands AnnaMaria Andriotis | The Wall Street Journal | Source URL Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -0.70% wants to make your hand your credit card. The tech giant is creating checkout terminals that could be placed in bricks-and-mortar stores and allow shoppers […]

Google almost made 100,000 chest X-rays public — until it realized personal data could be exposed

Google almost made 100,000 chest X-rays public — until it realized personal data could be exposed

https://www.ispeech.org/text.to.speech Douglas MacMillan & Greg Bensinger | The Washington Post | Source URL Two days before Google was set to publicly post more than 100,000 images of human chest X-rays, the tech giant got a call from the National Institutes of Health, which had provided the images: Some of them […]

Google Has Its Eyes On Our Health and Banking Data — Project Nightingale and Project Cache

Google Has Its Eyes On Our Health and Banking Data — Project Nightingale and Project Cache

https://www.ispeech.org Aaron Kesel | Activist Post | Source URL There has been serious backlash against Google for hoarding health data of 50 million Americans through Project Nightingale. The once social media giant is now shifting focus from just a search engine and video platform with its subsidiary YouTube, to a […]

Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans

Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans

iSpeech.org Search giant is amassing health records from Ascension facilities in 21 states; patients not yet informed Rob Copeland | The Wall Street Journal | Source URL Google is engaged with one of the U.S.’s largest health-care systems on a project to collect and crunch the detailed personal-health information of […]