Friday Five: Steering clear of Tesla

Tesla car with company logo

1. Steering clear of Tesla

Tesla has recalled over 40,000 vehicles over a software defect that can potentially cause a power-steering problem. The recall affects Model S and Model X vehicles from 2017 to 2021 after an update that included new calibration values for the electronic power-assist steering system was installed in October.

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2. Age verification with selfie videos

Instagram has introduced a new age verification tool in the UK as part of a safety update to protect children. The social media giant partnered with UK software firm Yoti, which uses AI-powered facial age estimation technology to verify the age of teen users claiming to be above the age of eighteen.

Etsy app on mobile

3. Etsy rolls out image search feature

Etsy has rolled out an image search feature to help customers search through marketplace listings. The new function allows consumers to upload a picture of a product on the Etsy app to locate similar products on the platform. Shoppers will now find it easier to source specific items or that of a desired style, as the feature helps create more accurate search results.

Woman with AI facial recognition scanner on face

4. Face search engine enables stalking

Privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch has filed a complaint to the UK’s data privacy authority against facial recognition search engine PimEyes. The face-scraping service allows users to find images of anyone on the internet alongside the URLs where they are hosted. The campaigners accuse PimEyes of unlawfully processing the biometric data of millions of UK citizens and claims it enables surveillance and stalking.

Woman wearing wearable technology at work

5. Empowering employees to be in charge of their well-being

The adoption of wearables in the workplace has become a valuable tool in supporting employee health and well-being. The data offered by wearables have the potential to unlock a new world of opportunity for both employers and employees, enabling a deeper understanding of the workforce to help increase employee satisfaction and support healthcare.



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