Authorities in Moscow have announced plans to expand the use of facial recognition. The technology recently played a pivotal role in catching criminals during the World Cup. The government argues it will make Moscow safer and more efficient, with plans for the technology to replace bus tickets.
NtechLab & FindFace
Russia’s most prominent facial recognition company, Ntechlab, has also developed emotion-recognition algorithms. But even the best current technology doesn’t work well on an individual basis, warned founder Artem Kukharenko. «It's very difficult to label the underlying emotion,» he said, since external expression and internal feeling don’t always correlate well.
From the reign of Peter the Great to the Soviet era, and now under President Putin, Russia has been intent to, as Lenin termed it, «catch up and surpass» the West. That ambition applies to AI, too. “If Russia is to «ride this technological wave,» as Putin describes it, the country will need people like Artem Kuharenko”
Russia’s largest centralized video analytics system based on face recognition from NtechLab for ensuring the city’s safety
From a boardroom in Moscow, I watched remotely by television as a security camera mounted by my apartment over four miles away swiveled over the street where I live and then began to zoom in on a neighbor’s window. Luckily, he’d closed his blinds that day.
Russian software developers NtechLab have won two categories of a facial recognition challenge set by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The results are in from the biggest computer face-recognition contest to date. Everyone from government agencies to police forces are looking for software to track us in airports or spot us in CCTV images. But much of this technology is developed behind closed doors — how can we know if any of it really works?
Moscow-based NtechLab won two categories of IARPA’s facial recognition challenge. A Russian company whose software is used to match facial photos to individual identities has $ 25,000 from the U.S. intelligence community.