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Air Force taps Clearview AI to research face-identifying augmented reality glasses.

The New York Times: “The U.S. Air Force is looking into keeping its airfields safer with help from the facial recognition start-up Clearview AI. The Air Force Research Laboratory awarded Clearview $49,847 to research augmented reality glasses that could scan faces to help with security on bases. Bryan Ripple, a spokesman for the lab, described the work as a three-month study to figure out the “scientific and technical merit and feasibility” of using such glasses for face recognition. “No glasses or units are being delivered under this contract,” Mr. Ripple said on Thursday. In other words, the lab is paying for the glasses to be developed, but it isn’t buying them yet. Mr. Ripple provided “a one-page overview from the company” titled, “Clearview AI: Augmented Reality Glasses to Secure Bases and Flightlines.” The flier said the product “saves lives,” “saves time” and “improves health” by increasing social distancing and keeping officers’ hands free to grab their weapons. New York-based Clearview AI has been the target of international investigations and lawsuits because it scraped billions of photos from the public internet to build a facial recognition tool used by law enforcement. Hundreds of federal agencies and local police departments have employed Clearview’s technology…”

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