⚡Breaking: President Trump will formally nominate acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to permanently head up the Pentagon.
Facial recognition technology is one of the tech industry's most lucrative new sectors — underpinning everything from social networks to intelligence services — even as it raises questions about its impact on privacy and human rights, writes Axios' Shane Savitsky.
That disconnect is illustrated in a fascinating scoop by NBC News' Olivia Solon and Cyrus Farivar, who share how photo storage app Ever actually supports the company's AI arm "to train the company’s facial recognition system ... to sell that technology to private companies, law enforcement and the military."
The big picture: That trend is occurring around the world, too. Chinese facial recognition company Face++ raised $750 million this week, snagging a valuation of more than $4 billion.
What's next: San Francisco's Board of Supervisors is set to vote next week on a proposed ban on the use of facial recognition technology by the city's government, per Slate.
The bottom line: Don't expect the debate on facial recognition technology to die down anytime soon, especially when Big Tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon — which have the ability to massively profit from it — are already sounding the alarm on its potential abuses.
In Berlin, Volkswagen unveiled its new all-electric hatchback, priced at $33,600. Pre-orders passed 10,000 cars in 24 hours, reports CNBC:
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Ryan Reynolds "appeared to have found a pirated pre-release copy of 'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' — and then made the ill-advised move to share it with his 13 million-plus fans on Twitter," writes Variety.