FAA, Boeing and the pitfalls of facial recognition technology: The Morning Rundown
The Federal Aviation Administration says it's OK for U.S. airlines to still fly the Boeing jet model involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
A man holds passengers' passports found at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines crash. Eight Americans, including two California brothers and a former U.S. serviceman were among the victims. Baz Ratner / Reuters
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The Federal Aviation Administration said it has no plans to ground the type of Boeing aircraft that has been involved in two deadly crashes in less than six months.
The FAA's decision comes despite the fact that several other countries — including Australia, China, Indonesia, Mexico and Argentina — have suspended operation of the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 jets in the wake of an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people on Sunday.
"All data will be closely examined during this investigation, and the FAA will take appropriate action if necessary," the agency said in a statement.
We're beginning to learn more about some of the victims of the deadly crash. A serviceman with a special interest in researching his family's African roots and two Californian brothers are among the Americans killed.
But one Greek man is incredibly thankful he was running late on Sunday: He was stopped at the gate from boarding the doomed flight.
"I'm slowly coming to terms with what happened and how close it came," Antonis Mavropoulos said in an interview with a Greek broadcaster. "On the other hand, I'm also very upset — I'm shattered — for those who were lost."
Two North Korean arms firms — which are both blacklisted by the United Nations — are “extremely active in Iran now,” Hugh Griffiths, coordinator of the U.N. panel of experts assessing sanctions on North Korea, told NBC News in an exclusive television interview.
“There's an active investigation into who exactly is at the North Korean Embassy in Tehran and what they're doing there,” Griffiths said.
Facial recognition researchers are sweeping up online photos by the millions on social media and categorizing them by age, gender, skin tone and dozens of other metrics, in an effort to make facial recognition systems more accurate for a wider diversity of faces.
But the researchers generally don’t get people’s consent before using the photos, raising concerns that individuals' faces could be used to power technology that could eventually be used surveil them, legal experts and civil rights advocates say.
“This is the dirty little secret of AI training sets. Researchers often just grab whatever images are available in the wild,” NYU School of Law professor Jason Schultz said.
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