Device-maker Motorola will work with artificial intelligence software startup Neurala to build “real-time learning for a person of interest search” on products such as the Si500 body camera for police, the firm announced Monday.
“This can unlock new applications for public safety users. In the case of a missing child, imagine if the parent showed the child’s photo to a nearby police officer on patrol. The officer’s body-worn camera sees the photo, the AI engine ‘learns’ what the child looks like and deploys an engine to the body-worn cameras of nearby officers, quickly creating a team searching for the child,” Motorola Solutions Chief Technology Officer Paul Steinberg said in a press release.
Italian-born neuroscientist and Neurala founder Massimiliano Versace has created patent-pending image recognition and machine learning technology. It’s similar to other machine learning methods but far more scalable, so a device carried by that cop on his shoulder can learn to recognize shapes and — potentially faces — as quickly and reliably as a much larger and more powerful computer. It works by mimicking the mammalian brain, rather than the way computers have worked traditionally.
Versace’s research was funded, in part, by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA under a program called SyNAPSE. In a 2010 paper for IEEESpectrum, he describes the breakthrough. Basically, a tiny constellation of processors do the work of different parts of the brain — which is sometimes called neuromorphic computation — or “computation that can be divided up between hardware that processes like the body of a neuron and hardware that processes the way dendrites and axons do.” Versace’s research shows that AIs can learn in that environment using a lot less code.
A federal court jury in Seattle has awarded nearly $15 million to the family and 9-year-old son of an unarmed African-American man who was shot and killed by a SWAT sniper in front of the child in Fife, finding police had no reason to use deadly force.
The award includes $3 million in punitive damages against Lakewood Police Chief Mike Zaro, who was the SWAT commander during the 2013 standoff; another $1.5 million in punitive damages against Lakewood Officer Michael Wiley, who led an assault on the home and shot the family’s dog; and $2 million in punitive damages against Lakewood Sgt. Brian Markert, the sniper who shot Leonard Thomas in the belly from 90 feet away, according to the court clerk and Tim Ford, one of the lawyer’s representing Thomas’ family.
Thomas was shot outside his home when he grabbed for his son after Wiley’s team used explosives to enter the home. Attorneys for his family contend Thomas was about to hand the child over to his grandmother.
Moreover, Cartwright told the jury the situation was “that close” to resolving peacefully when Zaro, who was assistant chief at the time, ordered an assault team to breach the back of the home using plastic explosives to blow down a door. They also shot the family dog five times.
Attorneys for the officers and city defendants told the jury in their opening statements that Thomas was playing games with police and using his son as a “pawn.”
Lawyer Richard Jolley told the jury that, despite Thomas’ promise at the end of four tense hours of negotiations that he would let the boy go — even taking a backpack of clothes and a car seat onto the front porch — he had no real intention of doing so
The Lansing police department told a local newspaper that it is investigating an attack on an undocumented Hispanic immigrant as a “hate crime.”
The Lansing City Pulse reported that two white males yelled racial slurs at the victim and beat him near the corner of South Cedar Street and Denver Avenue in Lansing. It reportedly happened on July 5 at 11:40 p.m.
Lansing police confirmed to the Pulse it is investigating the attack as a hate crime.
The victim told the Pulse the males told the Latino victim “Trump doesn’t like you” and after beating the victim stapled a note on his stomach that read “Go back to Mexico, wetback.”
The victim told the Pulse he is an undocumented immigrant. He was treated and released from the hospital after the attack.
Guillermo Lopez is the President of Latino Leaders for the Enhancement of Advocacy and Development of Greater Lansing. He said he first learned of the story on July 12.
“It’s very concerning… It’s another sign of trouble in our community,” said Lopez.
Lopez said people need to stay active in their communities and to learn about each other’s differences.
LLEAD is now planning a forum on hate crimes and how to report them. A date and location has not yet been announced.