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A US Army project is developing an artificial intelligence tool that can recognize faces through walls and in the dark. How does it do it? By using thermal imagery scanning: the AI takes a map of your body heat and matches the facial thermal scan against a database of faces. It sounds tricky because pictures in a database are not in thermal scan form. But preliminary research has successfully matched these scans against regular pictures. Since the US military has thermal scanning built into many of its tools, this tech would easily enhance a preexisting ecosystem. So, ultimately, if you’re not on some sort of watchlist or in a database of most wanted, you don’t need to fear that this AI tool will recognize your face. For now.

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If you take a highly experienced former air force fighter pilot and pit him or her against a combat AI, who do you think would win most of the time? I would lean AI, guessing 70-30 out of 100. But in this particular test trial, we all should have bet entirely on the AI. This combat AI shot down retired Colonel Gene Lee 100 percent of the time. Yup, he never shot the AI down. This both impressed and scared me at the same time.