The Obtain: Ukraine claims it’s utilizing facial recognition to determine lifeless Russian troopers

That is immediately’s version of The Obtain, our weekday e-newsletter that gives a every day dose of what’s occurring on the planet of know-how.

Ukraine claims it’s utilizing facial recognition to determine lifeless Russian troopers

Ukraine has began utilizing facial recognition know-how to determine lifeless Russian troopers, a senior authorities official has claimed.

Mykhailo Fedorov, vice prime minister of Ukraine and minister of digital transformation, confirmed that Ukraine was utilizing facial recognition software program to search out the social media accounts of deceased Russian troopers, permitting authorities to contact their pals and households. The purpose is to dispel misinformation surrounding the conflict within the nation, and particularly Russian claims that it’s only a particular operation with few losses, he wrote on his Telegram channel.

Whereas Fedorov didn’t point out which facial recognition supplier had been used, Forbes reported it was New York-based Clearview AI, which claimed that Ukraine had began utilizing its companies at no cost earlier this month. 

Clearview AI claims to be the world’s “largest facial community,” drawing from a database of greater than 10 billion pictures scraped from publicly-available web sites, together with social media profiles, to be used by prospects together with legislation enforcement businesses. 

Ukrainian authorities are messaging kin to counsel they come and gather the our bodies, Federov informed Reuters, including that the share of troopers the software program had recognised claimed by households had been “excessive.”

The true variety of Russian troopers to have died in Ukraine is unknown. Whereas the Russian protection ministry admitted 498 of its troops had been killed in early March, US and Ukrainian officers estimate the full variety of deaths is considerably increased. Yesterday NATO launched estimates that as much as 40,000 Russian troops have been killed, wounded, taken prisoner, or gone lacking.

—Rhiannon Williams

Does China even need to know the way the pandemic began?

A world group of scientists says it has zeroed in on a reside animal and seafood market within the metropolis of Wuhan because the place the place the pandemic began. Nonetheless, it’s extremely onerous to pay money for info on China’s wild animal commerce, and the Chinese language authorities will not be eager to assist. Actually, they’ve been actively obstructing efforts to be taught extra, spreading now widely-believed theories amongst China’s inhabitants that covid-19 got here from the US. 

All of which raises a vital query: will we ever learn how the pandemic began? And does China even need to know? And whereas the origins search is undoubtedly political, is it additionally pushed by stereotypes? 

If you wish to be taught extra, tune in to the fourth episode of our podcast collection, Curious Coincidence, which delves into the pandemic and its origins. You may hearken to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you often go for audio. 

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to search out you immediately’s most enjoyable/essential/scary/fascinating tales about know-how.

1 How do we wish Putin to lose the Ukraine Struggle?
Issues are actually unhealthy now. They may get a lot worse. (Wired $)
  + At this time marks one month because the conflict began. (The Guardian)
  + NATO is doubling its navy presence on its jap entrance. (NYT $)
  + Russia and the American far-right are propping every others’ lies up over the conflict. (NYT $)
  + Russia’s assaults on civilian targets have destroyed on a regular basis life in Ukraine. (NYT $) 

2 The way to speak to your youngsters concerning the permacrisis 🙃
You don’t need to lie, however full honesty just isn’t at all times one of the best coverage. (The Guardian)
  + Younger individuals are pushing again in opposition to local weather doom, which they are saying is simply one other type of denial. (NYT $)
  + That bizarre, gnawing anxiousness? It doesn’t really feel like a vibe shift, however a world set to be perpetually in chaos. (Buzzfeed) 

three Israel blocked Ukraine from shopping for Pegasus spyware and adware
Because of fears it’d anger Russia. (WP $)

four The Lapsus$ hacks have been traced to a British teenager
Oh wow. He doesn’t know what’s about to hit him. (Bloomberg $)
  + These are the Russian cyberattacks the West most fears. (BBC) 

5 Fb is all-in on distant working
It sort of needs to be, given its administration is now scattered everywhere in the globe. (WSJ $)
  + Instagram is now letting you view your feed in chronological order. (Mashable) 

6 It might be tiny nuclear reactors’ time to shine
They’re designed to be cheaper, faster, and fewer financially dangerous to construct. (The Economist $) 
  + Excessive fuel costs are getting People extra curious about electrical automobiles. (WSJ $) 

7 A brand new crypto challenge known as ApeCoin seems… troubling
For all of the speak of decentralization and democratization, these tasks positive do love to profit insiders at the start. (The Verge)
  + Some curler derby skaters tried to begin an NFT challenge. The broader group was having none of it. (Vox) 

eight Purchasing within the metaverse is perhaps kinda enjoyable
A lot in order that luxurious items are already being counterfeited on digital platforms. (CNET)

9 The person who invented the gif has died 
However no, it’s not pronounced ‘jif.’ (The Verge)

10 Are you able to educate individuals to be pleased? 😊
It appears so! However provided that they need to be taught. (Wired $)

Quote of the day

“It’s going to be extra of a psychological impact. There’s no place to cover.”

—Ingvild Bode, an autonomous weapons researcher on the College of Southern Denmark, tells the Washington Submit what impression new exploding ‘kamikaze’ drones could have in Ukraine, as each Russian and Ukrainian forces begin to deploy them.

We will nonetheless have good issues

A spot for consolation, enjoyable and distraction in these bizarre occasions. (Obtained any concepts? Drop me a line or tweet ’em at me.)

  + It’s solely 5 seconds lengthy, but this video delivers on many ranges. 
  + Tons of good journey planning fodder. 
  + This seems like my sort of daiquiri. 
  + A superb catalog of songs that are available in below two minutes. Amazingly, none of them are punk tracks. 
  + Confused? Have you ever tried dunking your head in icy water? No, severely… 
  + Margaret Atwood’s dream dinner get together. And talking of novelists, they’ll be thrilled to be taught that we’re all studying extra
  + The images on this New York Instances piece about Mexican stone carvers are wonderful.

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