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.
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)
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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