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Facial Recognition Algorithms Fails To Identify Masked Faces

Are you struggling to identify your neighbour’s face behind the mask? Well, you’re not alone! Computers are having a hard time too, breaking facial recognition algorithms as per the new government study. A study circulated by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) suggested that the most widely used and the best facial recognition systems show error rates up to 50% while trying to recognize masked faces. Facial recognition finds it really hard to identify faces, especially in black masks than the blue ones. Since the pandemic has begun, there is a need to fully understand the dynamics of this technology as to how it handles the masked faces, stated by Mei Ngan, a NIST computer scientist and a researcher of the report. Thus, we have now started the process by focussing on how our current algorithm that was created prior to the pandemic is affected by faces wearing masks. Thus, this summer, we have planned to test the algorithms’ accuracy, developed intentionally, after taking into account masked faces. Considering this issue, Apple made it feasible for iPhone users to access their phone without face ID earlier this year. Authorities also find it hard to identify people participating in violence at the protest of Black Lives Matter and similar gatherings. NIST claims that they will further investigate better to understand the function of facial recognition for covered faces. This research has studied only those algorithms produced prior to the pandemic. Still, their coming step is to assess how commercial agencies are going to improvise their technology according to the society where mask-wearing has now become a norm! Image credit: CNETCompanies that are associated with law enforcement agencies have attempted to tailor the Facial recognition function by focusing on the eyebrows and eyes only instead of the whole face. The researchers involved in the study examined the technology through virtually drawing masks in a series of international traveller photographs. They then matched those photos with the unmasked people’s database seeking visas and various other immigration benefits. The research body claims that it scanned around 6.2 million images of about 1 million people using 89 algorithms provided by tech firms and academic labs. For the top facial recognition systems, the failure rate stands at 0.3% under ideal condition. However, several studies indicated significant disparities in facial recognition systems across race, age and gender. With the addition of masks, the error rate surges to 5% or even worse. With covered faces, the agency states that several competent algorithms have failed in between 20 – 50% times. Even in the pre-pandemic era, governments were still inclined towards recognizing concealed or covered faces. For example, Masks became an official mark for demonstrators in Hong Kong, because it provided protection against tear gas and helped them to cover the face as a result of the fear of retribution in case they get publicly identified. However, the government had also implemented restrictions on covering faces. Then we met the Coronavirus pandemic, and everything changed! Now health officials globally are strongly emphasizing people to cover their mouth and noses with a mask. NIST’s study suggests that the accuracy rate of facial recognition systems is highly dependent on what and how people wear their masks. The more the face is covered, the more difficult it is for algorithms to identify the person behind a mask. No matter how difficult it is to recognize people beneath the mask, face masks are important and everyone should wear one when going out in public. Get 250 Pcs of Face Masks from Amazon now.

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Google Refuses To Bring Back Employees Until Summers 2021

The search-engine giant stepped up to make working-from-home a normal business norm for another year!CEO Sundar Pichai thinks that the coronavirus is going to stay here in the next year too, hence, keeping his employees home until July 2021 and expecting them to get used to it. That's right, the search engine giant is bracing for a great pandemic and believes the virus will continue haunting us for a long time, at least to the Americans! The announcement came in as an attempt to give its employees a sense of normalcy in otherwise abnormal times… "I know it hasn't been easy," says Pichai in a written message to Big Data company employees on Monday. "I hope this will offer the flexibility you need to balance work with taking care of yourselves and your loved ones over the next 12 months." The majority of Google's 200,000 employees (including contractors) now continue working from home in the coming year, as per the new work policies. Previously, the company had permitted some of its employees to work remotely by the end of 2020, with some employees asked to join back to the offices sooner. Tech companies are taking the lead when it comes to adapting new work policies amid the pandemic, with companies including Twitter and Facebook announcing to allow employees to continue working remotely indefinitely. Since many of us are already working from home during this pandemic, you may well know how difficult it is to manage work remotely, especially when you lack basic office essentials at home. Well, don't worry! Amazon has some great deals on the following products to make working-from-home a smooth sailing! ● Saiji Laptop Bed Tray Desk (Truly godsend for preventing backache) ● Back Massager (A life-saver seriously!) ● Massage Gun (when you've got to handle work alongside entertaining four kids at home, this massage gadget will help you relieve pain in seconds!) ● TaoTronics Bluetooth Headset with Microphone (Its noise cancellation feature will save you from embarrassment during live calls) ● VAVA USB C Docking Station (because you just can't rely on a single socket at home when you're dealing with hundreds of clients)

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People Who Wear Face masks Are More Intelligent

Do you know that people who follow the SOPs and maintain social distance have a much-improved memory capacity? According to the study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, this is a sign of intelligence, and honestly, we couldn’t agree more. Weiwei Zhang is an associate professor of psychology working at the University of California at Riverside and he released the following statement regarding the new study. he says that policymakers need to consider everyone's general cognitive abilities in order to promote compliance behavior like ensuring social distancing or wearing the mask.Working memory can simply be defined as the information that is stored in mind for brief moments – and it’s got a strong association with analytical and comprehension skills. The researchers of this study prose that the failure to comply with social distancing policies may have a strong connection with the limited capacity of people to retain diverse pieces of information in the compartment of working memory. They also conclude these people have an increased awareness of the benefits relating to social distancing. This research was conducted in March and had a total of 850 participants – they were asked to fill out questionnaires relating to their demographics and social distancing practices. They were also assessed on their personality traits and cognitive capacity. You may find it astonishing to know that there’s a strong correlation between working memory and social distancing behavior. Hence, the results even impact their moods, personality, income levels and education, etc. Contrary to popular belief, the aim of this study was not to shame people on their low IQ. The objective was to figure out why some people choose to not follow social distancing policies knowing how dangerous it can be for their health. Zhang has a piece of simple advice for all the campaigns being run for social distancing: Be succinct, concise, and brief. How about we put out Social Distancing Floor Decals Stickers all over the country? What do you think? Would it help?

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Mindblowing Deals On Amazon Right Now

Who says that shopping and savings don't go along?  With pocket-friendly sales and incredible discount offers, Amazon has made this impossible-looking thing POSSIBLE! If you're longing for socially distant shopping therapy, Amazon has all the right deals for you! Just by knowing the correct place to look, you can save tons of money while satisfying that shopping itch online. Amazon is offering all kinds of offers in a diverse range of categories! It's the perfect time for you to shop essentials and non-essentials, from home appliances to house decor, you name it, and they have a perfect deal for it! We have rounded up a list of sales through Amazon's Gold Box promotion, exclusive coupon codes, and, obviously, less-priced products covering fashion, tech, gaming and home products. So, what are you waiting for? Dig in and start adding these products into your shopping cart before the stock runs short! Awesome Amazon Deals today ● Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus with 5G factory Unlocked in just $1,198.Image credit: Amazon● Motorola Edge with 256 storage for just $499.99 Image credit: Amazon● Get an All-new Fire HD 8 tablet for just $89.99.Image credit: Amazon● Fire HD 10 Tablet with 32 GB for only $149.99Image credit: Amazon● Sony Wireless Earbuds Headset at only $228 Image credit: Amazon● Anker wireless charger stand, get it in a 20% discount for only $12.99 Image credit: Amazon● Philip SmartSleep AlarmClock for just $87.90, save upto $52.49 (37%) Image credit: Amazon● Tacklife Cordless Drill for just $59.99, with 15% off Image credit: Amazon● USB C Car Charger 21W PD with two options from $13.99Image credit: AmazonBest Amazon Deals for Home Appliances Upgrade your home appliances with these amazing deals: ● Instant Ace Plus Blender for only $89.9, and save up to $60.69 (40%) Image credit: Amazon● Conair steam handheld fabric steamer for just $14.99 and save up to $5.00 (25%) Image credit: AmazonGamers Are Crazy About These Deals: ● Get in endless adventures with Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for just $49.99 and save $10 on every purchase. Image credit: Amazon● Borderlands Legendary Collection available for $34.00, and get 30% discount and save $15. Image credit: Amazon● BioShock: The Collection available for $34.00, and gets a 30% discount. Image credit: Amazon● The outer worlds- Nintendo Switch for only $44.99 and save %15 on every purchase. Image credit: Amazon● Far Cry 6-Xbox One for only $49.9, and save $10. This game is also available for PlayStation 4.Image credit: Amazon● Persona 5 Royal for only $49.94, and you can save up to $10. Image credit: AmazonBest Tech Deals You Don't Wanna Miss ● Get 4 Pack Vont LED Camping LanternImage credit: Amazon● Netgear Cable Modem WiFi Router for only $119, and save up to $30.00 (30%) Image credit: Amazon● Jinshunfa wall hooks for only $7.00 and you can save around $9.00Image credit: Amazon● Get Panasonic Electric Body Groomer and Trimmer for Men for only $49.99, and save around $30. Image credit: Amazon● Get Anker Wireless Charger, PowerWave Pad for only $12.25Image credit: Amazon● Westcott Pack of Kids Scissors with Anti-Microbial Protection for only $10.71 and save $51.89 (83%) Image credit: Amazon● Get Anker Premium Lightning to USB Cable with Ultra Compact Connector Head for iPhone for just $12.69 and save $2.30(15%) Image credit: Amazon● Yoozon Selfie Stick Tripod Bluetooth for just $16.99 and save $13(43%) Image credit: Amazon● Get your First Aid Kit for only $10.39 and save $11.02 (51%) Image credit: Amazon

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Virtual Fans Attend Fox Sports MLB Matches Broadcast

Empty stadium? No problem, Baseball is back! Fox has a way out! Image credit: The VergeSo what if the real fans are not here to cheer their favorite teams during MLB, fake virtual fans are all ready to fill in space. Sports are returning to stadiums, but unfortunately, fans haven't! In the Covid-19 world, there would be empty chairs, silent stands, no cardboard cutouts, drinks or snacks rather than loud cheering fans in an attempt to halt the virus spread. Though, these visuals are not for Fox viewers! The sports network is planning to kick off the live broadcast of MLB this weekend, and they are not only planning to use fake fan audios but to also fill in the empty stands with AR fans created in Unreal Engine. You will see the weekend's Yankees-Nationals game with unreal fans shouting and cheering at the stands. The fake fans deception is not only for the viewers, sitting on their couches streaming the game in their living rooms, but it's also for the teams playing in the actual stadiums. According to a source from Sony's MBL: The Show Games, all 30 MLB teams will be reckoning on fake fan screams, including in-stadium announcers, walk-up music, and other elements of the ceremonial display that include in a Major League Baseball match. Image credit: thevergeHowever, Fox Sports decided to go a mile extra and has become the only network who would be broadcasting matches with virtual fans on TV. Brad Zager, executive producer and operations at Fox Sports says that crowd and people sitting on seats have always been the part of broadcasting, it is nothing but high level sports in all the major leagues. Therefore, we have now come up with a remarkable solution for this. He continues, it is not to fool everyone, it is indeed about the quality game; however, shot-to-shot, when anybody watches a broadcast, it is not much noticeable. We don't want people to feel weird watching a broadcast with an empty stadium. It's time to give people again, the sense of normalcy. He believes that providing a virtual crowd will hopefully help viewers focus on the major game even more as your mind won't focus the emptiness there is in a Major League Baseball stadium. The technology they are using is nothing new, and you must have seen before in different AR games. Pixotype is the augmented reality software used to create deception of crowds, which also has been used in AR graphics for the events like Super Bowl and the Weather Channel's storm warning illustrations. The software works by taking visual aid from graphics built in an unreal engine produced by a creative agency called Silver spoon animation. Unreal engine is widely used for creating video games or for designing virtual on-set backgrounds for events and shows like The Mandalorian. Film graphics use visual effects that are usually rendered in post-production, but Unreal can create the same effect in real time, which is why it's more suitable for the live broadcast. Fox Sports producers will curate "crowds" for a specific baseball game, controlling things like what they would be wearing, and what would be the percentage of the crowd present in the stadium and so on.. "We are figuring this out right now, and we will continue to evolve that process as we go through this weekend and from game-to-game, week-to-week," explains Zager.

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Best Amazon Deals in July 2020

Is your shopaholic instinct telling you to go for another online shopping spree? This time we will recommend you to go a bit extra and try upgrading your home gadgets with these incredible and best amazon deals for July 2020! Image Source - Google | Image by bgrSince coronavirus is forcing us to stay at homes longer than before, upgrading home appliances and giving your home a better new look wouldn't be a bad idea. In fact, it's the best activity you can do while staying within the safest boundaries of your home. There are some splendid deals on Amazon, which you might wanna check out! While July has been the best month for sales and discounts so far, get maximum advantage and save tons of money with these best deals exclusively available on Amazon. So, get your shopaholic ass on the move, and start adding the following products in your cart before it runs out. Hurry up! 1. Electric Pressure Cooker- overcooked food, what's that? 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