Happy August Friday: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 499 words, a 2-minute read.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Facial recognition is going everywhere far faster than expected — including creeping into private and public spaces as a means to keep tabs on children.
Why it matters: The people with the power to rein in this tech are the same ones who will most enjoy its benefits — while those who face its adverse effects, especially people of color and low-income communities, will be largely powerless to make anything change.
The big picture: Security fears have propelled surveillance adoption, but there’s little evidence yet that this technology keeps kids safer, Axios' Kaveh Waddell emails.
The bottom line: Considering all the issues listed above, perhaps it wouldn't hurt to move a smidge slower before rolling out these ideas nationwide.
Go deeper: AI surveillance goes to school
Hongkongers gather with illuminated smartphone flashlights.
Beto driving a minivan. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images
Minivan sales have been struggling for years thanks to SUVs, but there's a chance they won't vanish from the face of this good Earth, the AP notes.
P.S. "Google spinoff Waymo is buying up to 62,000 Pacificas from Fiat Chrysler and is using them to haul people and test self-driving systems."