facial recognition

Governments Using Smartphone Location Data to Enforce Social Distancing

Smartphone Location Tracking

Episode 1684

Countries are using cellphone location data to not only enforce mandatory social distancing but also to see who patients have been in contact with the virus, to find out how that patient was infected. Other countries are using facial recognition to punish those in defiance of the orders and gathering together.

So while technology can be used for the greater good, namely trying to stem the tide of the Coronavirus outbreak, it can also be used as a dreadful tool for the surveillance state.

How can I get my computer to use facial recognition?

Episode 1670

Kai from Spain

Kai has a Raspberry Pi 4 that he's using to code in Python with. He's created a voice assistant and would like to add facial recognition. But he doens't know where to attach the camera. Leo says it's likely going to be a USB connection or HDMI. Leo suspects that there is a camera library in Python that will help. There's even a library for Face Detectoin called Shunya Face. Look on GitHub. Check out Instructables.com ...

Is paying your bills digitally secure and private?

Digital Bills

Episode 1647

Jacob from South Elgin, Illinois

Jacob wants to know if paying electronically is secure. He doesn't like that it has a digital paper trail that people can see what he's spending his money on. Leo says that there's a fine line between the security of digital transactions and the privacy concerns that come with them. Leo also says that facial recognition and the prevalence of security cameras are a larger concern. The police can follow you everywhere using facial recognition and know where you are at all times. So he's more concerned with that.

Why isn't Google Photos grouping my photos anymore?

Google Photos

Episode 1645

Edmond from Burbank, CA

Edmond wants to know if Google Photos is a good backup option for his family photos. Leo says it is. You can upload unlimited high-resolution images or up to 15GB of uncompressed Raw images. And it's searchable in a variety of ways. But the caller says it's not uploading his images anymore and some of the facial recognition doesn't work well. Leo says to make sure the faces you gather together are named. Train it. But it sounds like Google may have changed the feature or took it out of a recent update. 

Is there an alternative to 2nd factor authentication?

Episode 1206

Ben from Omaha, NE

Ben wants to know if we can ever move beyond second factor authentication. Can we move on to fingerprint reading? Leo says that is also second factor authentication. It's not just something you have, it's also something you are.

Windows Hello is a new type of two factor authentication, which uses a special depth sensing webcam for facial recognition and will log you in based on your face. But we can surely get rid of passwords, it's really a terrible system.

When will the next Microsoft Surface Pro come out?

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Episode 1190

Alan from Los Angeles, CA

Leo says he's pretty confident there will be a Surface Pro 4 when Windows 10 comes out, and he thinks it'll be a good choice. According to Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley, Windows 10 should be out at the end of July. Alan wonders if the new Surface Pro is really going to be a big improvement over the Surface Pro 3, or if it just will lower the price of the Surface Pro 3. Leo says either way, he's golden! He'll get to choose. Leo thinks even the lower end Microsoft Surface 3 is a good choice.