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Amazon promised it would refuse to allow the police to use its controversial Rekognition service for one year, and has decided to continue its ban indefinitely. Amazon committed to a one-year moratorium on its facial-recognition technology back in June 2020. And now it's going to continue that freeze, according to Reuters. …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "a typical supercomputer"

    And just exactly what is that ?

    Every supercomputer is unique. From the number of CPUs to the amount and type of RAM to the disk space, not to mention the architecture used, there is no such thing as a typical supercomputer.

    And excuse me if I think that compressing months of work from a supercomputing behemoth that has thousands of processors, terabytes of RAM and petabytes of disk space, into 16 hours on a desktop GPU means that there has to be loss of precision in the result.

  2. Gene Cash Silver badge

    DeepMind wants to ... prevent Google from being able to control its AI research

    Wait. So you let them buy you... and they spend "hundreds of millions of dollars" on you... and you don't understand why you're under their control?

  3. fidodogbreath Silver badge

    The moratorium, however, only covers police departments, and Amazon still sells access to its Rekognition technology to organizations that may well end up supplying services to cop shops, and to government agencies, too.

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    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Indeed. Police departments in the US have already demonstrated that they're more than happy to evade warrant requirements and other regulations by purchasing data from aggregators and resellers. This is a token PR move by Amazon; they and the police know it's essentially meaningless.

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