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British police’s use of facial recognition technology has been ruled unlawful in a landmark judgment at the Court of Appeal. The technology, which is used to allow officers to compare the faces of pedestrians against a database of persons of interest, is now effectively outlawed until it can be brought before parliament. In a unanimous
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Four terminally ill Canadians have won the right to take psychedelic drugs to treat end-of-life anxiety and distress. They will be allowed to take the hallucinogenic drug psilocybin, derived from magic mushrooms, after Canada‘s health minister Patty Hajdu approved the landmark application more than 100 days after the request was made. The patients are thought
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The “whiteness” of artificial intelligence (AI) risks a “racially homogenous” workforce as humans create machines skewed by their biases, a study suggests. The University of Cambridge study examined AI in society, including in films, Google searches, stock images and robot voices. Researchers suggested machines have distinct racial identities and this perpetuates “real world” racial stereotypes.
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Chinese-owned app TikTok has been accused of harvesting its users’ data, and was even described as a potential national security risk by White House officials. On Friday, President Trump said he intended to ban the video-sharing platform from the US because of these concerns, although over the weekend he appeared to approve of a potential
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On this edition of the Sky News Daily podcast with Dermot Murnaghan, we discuss NASA’s launch of the Perseverance rover – the first leg of returning rock samples to Earth with the hope of finding microbial life and paving the way for humans to go to the planet. We look at why we go to
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Scientists around the world are racing to develop a vaccine against coronavirus. And today, the government has announced it wants to double the number of people who get the flu jab this winter, with experts concerned about the double whammy of COVID-19 cases and seasonal flu potentially overwhelming the NHS. But a YouGov poll earlier
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