Artificial Intelligence (AI) Stats News: AI Is Actively Watching You In 75 Countries

  • At least 75 out of 176 countries globally are actively using AI technologies for surveillance purposes
  • less than 1% of organizations had language stating which types of third parties could access user data; only 2% of organizations had explicit language about data retention; only 32% of organizations had “readable” statements based on OTA standards
  • companies investing in AI report achieving on average 15% productivity improvements for the projects they are undertaking
  • U.S. AI and machine learning startups raised $6.62 billion so far in 2019, and international startups raised $6.79 in the same period. The global total for all of 2018 was $19.5 billion

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    • “Amazon announced a breakthrough from its AI experts Monday: Their algorithms can now read fear on your face, at a cost of $0.001 per image—or less if you process more than 1 million images.
    • Google does not offer facial recognition, a decision it says resulted from an internal ethical review raising concerns that the technology could be used to infringe privacy.”


    55% of Americans approve the use of facial recognition for public safety, but the technology raises privacy concerns

    • “In the US, the government is planning to deploy face recognition at 20 airports by 2021.
    • In June 2018, the suspect in the shooting at a local newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, was identified using facial recognition technology. 55% of Americans indeed approve the use of facial recognition for public safety.
    • Last year, the police of New Delhi has been able to find 3,000 missing children in just four days thanks to a new facial recognition system.
    • In China, the police has been partnering with SenseNets, a company developing a facial recognition software, to bring charges against people involved in illegal gatherings in the province of Guangdong.
    • Last year, Amazon’s facial recognition systems falsely matched 28 members of Congress to criminal mugshots.”

    AI sets a new battlefield for e-commerce players

    • “But AI is changing all of this, and adding tools which make the arsenal owned by e-commerce companies look archaic. Many malls in India and abroad are already adopting AI services which allow them to learn who the customer actually is.
    • The cameras installed in the malls are performing face recognition, and matching it back to the available database, where very rich and contextual information is stored about the customers.
    • Companies like Inkers are providing advanced retail analytics to offline retain chains which can tell retailers whether the customer walking in is a high-value customer or not, or whether he/she is walking in with the family, or the kind of stores visited prior to visiting their store, or even whether they came in a luxury car or simply walked in.
    • AI is bringing a new battlefield for the e-commerce players and AI analytics are helping offline retailers fight back.