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PM Modi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal among ‘100 Most Influential Leaders’ in Time Magazine Poll

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

An online poll by readers of the Time magazine has figured Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal among the 100 most influential leaders in the world.

Russian President Vladimir Putin emerged the winner of this year’s Time 100 readers’ poll. He pipped rapper-singer CL to claim the number one spot with 6.95 per cent of the votes in the final tally.

Pop stars Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Taylor Swift  filled the  other top five spots.

The online vote included people from politics, entertainment, business, technology, science, religion and other fields who “changed the world this past year, for better or worse.”

Although the Time magazine termed Prime Minister Modi as “populist”, he managed to garner just 0.6 per cent of the votes cast, with only 34 per cent of the people voting in his favour and 66 per cent against.

“He has rolled out key economic reforms and restored close ties with the US, hosting US President Barack Obama in January after a “rock star” visit to the US last year”, Time said.

Speaking on Kejriwal, Time said that after a brief stint as chief minister of Delhi in 2013, he has led his anti-establishment Aam Aadmi Party in a “rout of both leading national parties in Delhi assembly election.”

Kejriwal managed to grab 0.5 per cent of the votes cast, with 71 per cent voters saying he should not be in the list.

BJP President Amit Shah was also on the initial list but failed to garner enough votes to make it to the top 100.

Other winners of the online poll include US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Pope Francis, Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Amongst the set of Indian-origin personalities who found a place in the online poll was, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, a health care reform advocate who was elected to his post amid opposition from the national rifle association.

Microsoft’s India-born chief Satya Nadella,also managed to make it to the list of influencers. Time said that he had revitalised the “moribund” software company by introducing new ideas like Office for iPads and prototype virtual reality headset.

The winners of the online poll include Rapper Kanye West, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yahoo CEO Marisa Mayer.

More than half of the votes – 57.38 per cent – were cast within the US. Canada and the UK followed with 5.54 per cent and 4.55 per cent respectively.

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Microsoft Rejects Request to Install Facial Recognition Technology in Officers’ Cars and Body Cameras

AI has more cases of mistaken identity with women and minorities, multiple research projects have found

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FILE - Brad Smith of Microsoft takes part in a panel discussion "Cyber, big data and new technologies. Current Internet Governance Challenges: What's Next?" at the United Nations in Geneva, Nov. 9, 2017. VOA

Microsoft recently rejected a California law enforcement agency’s request to install facial recognition technology in officers’ cars and body cameras because of human rights concerns, company President Brad Smith said Tuesday.

Microsoft concluded it would lead to innocent women and minorities being disproportionately held for questioning because the artificial intelligence has been trained on mostly white, male pictures.

AI has more cases of mistaken identity with women and minorities, multiple research projects have found.

“Anytime they pulled anyone over, they wanted to run a face scan” against a database of suspects, Smith said without naming the agency. After thinking through the uneven impact, “we said this technology is not your answer.”

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Microsoft concluded it would lead to innocent women and minorities being disproportionately held for questioning because the artificial intelligence has been trained on mostly white, male pictures. Pixabay

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Speaking at a Stanford University conference on “human-centered artificial intelligence,” Smith said Microsoft had also declined a deal to install facial recognition on cameras blanketing the capital city of an unnamed country that the nonprofit Freedom House had deemed not free. Smith said it would have suppressed freedom of assembly there.

On the other hand, Microsoft did agree to provide the technology to an American prison, after the company concluded that the environment would be limited and that it would improve safety inside the unnamed institution.

Smith explained the decisions as part of a commitment to human rights that he said was increasingly critical as rapid technological advances empower governments to conduct blanket surveillance, deploy autonomous weapons and take other steps that might prove impossible to reverse.

‘Race to the bottom’

Microsoft said in December it would be open about shortcomings in its facial recognition and asked customers to be transparent about how they intended to use it, while stopping short of ruling out sales to police.

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“Anytime they pulled anyone over, they wanted to run a face scan” against a database of suspects, Smith said without naming the agency. Pixabay

Smith has called for greater regulation of facial recognition and other uses of artificial intelligence, and he warned Tuesday that without that, companies amassing the most data might win the race to develop the best AI in a “race to the bottom.”

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He shared the stage with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, who urged tech companies to refrain from building new tools without weighing their impact.

“Please embody the human rights approach when you are developing technology,” said Bachelet, a former president of Chile. Microsoft spokesman Frank Shaw declined to name the prospective customers the company turned down. (VOA)