1. Prison technology: Changi Prison is piloting facial recognition technology to aid prison staff in managing the dynamics of inmates

“Video analytics could help prison officers to better understand how inmates behave in general, for example in their cell or in the day room, which is the area right outside their cells.

“Once we know the normal behaviour of the inmate, when the inmate behaves abnormally, we could then pick up the difference,” explained DSP 2 Neo.

The information could alert officers that they “probably need to pay more attention to the inmate, to pre-empt incidents that could happen”.

The technology could also identify more accurately whom an inmate communicates with usually. “With that, we can learn more about the dynamics of the inmates’ interactions … (and) the dynamics of the whole prison,” said DSP 2 Neo.”

Read the full article on Channel NewsAsia: How Changi Prison is taking to video analytics and facial recognition in a big way

 

  1. U.S-China trade: Recent talks have been positive and it seems that the two powerhouse nations are closer to reaching a consensus.

“The United States had been due to increase tariffs on more than US$200 billion in Chinese goods on Mar 1, but Trump said he would now delay the punitive duties following the “very productive talks”.

“I am pleased to report that the U.S. has made substantial progress in our trade talks with China on important structural issues including intellectual property protection, technology transfer, agriculture, services, currency, and many other issues,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The official Xinhua news agency used almost the exact same language, reporting “substantial progress” on those thorny issues in the talks led by Xi’s top trade negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He.

The delegations “came a step closer to realising the important consensus reached” by Trump and Xi late last year, Xinhua said.”

Read the full article on Channel NewsAsia: Trump to delay China tariff hike after trade talks ‘progress’

 

  1. Politics: There is a strong correlation between the rise of populist parties and the lack of trust in medical experts and elites.

“It found a strong correlation between votes for populist parties and doubts that vaccines work.

“The higher the level of populist votes in a country, the greater the proportion of the population that believe vaccines are not effective,” says the paper. A correlation was also found between voting for populists and believing that vaccination was not important. The UK and Denmark had a higher proportion of people voting for populist parties (Ukip, the BNP and the Danish People’s party) compared with those who had doubts about vaccines than other countries.

The study focused on the 2014 European parliament election results, but looked also at the results of the previous national parliamentary election in each country and found the link between voting for populist parties and vaccine hesitancy was even more clear.

“We talk about populism and what happens in politics,” said Kennedy, citing Brexit and the difficulties in Greece, “but when you look at what is behind the rise of populism, it is the broad trend of lack of trust in elites and experts. That impacts on academia and public health and issues like climate change and vaccine scepticism.””

Read the full article on The Guardian: Vaccine scepticism grows in line with rise of populism – study

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