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Photo illustration by Sebastian Miño-Bucheli

In 2020, Robert Julian-Borchak Williams was wrongfully arrested due to an algorithm used by the Michigan State Police who matched his driver’s license with a blurry surveillance photo. A few weeks later, Michael Oliver was arrested and charged with a felony by the Detroit police department after he was wrongfully identified by facial recognition technology (FRT).

In response, Congressman Ted W. Lieu of Los Angeles County and other House Democrats introduced the Facial Recognition Act of 2022 last week, which would place limitations and prohibitions on law enforcement use of FRT.

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There’s a new neighbor on the block in Whittier, California, and his name is Jeffrey Bezos.

After launching in the Seattle suburb of Mill Creek, Washington in April, a second location for the suburban regional variant of Amazon Go opened in California on Tuesday; an expansive 2,150 sq feet of retail space where you can grab a cold brew or kombucha on-tap while picking up a six-pack from a local brewery, grab a hot bite to eat and walk out without ever picking up your wallet.

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Yesterday afternoon millions Californians around the state received an emergency alert straight to their mobile phones asking them to conserve power as the electric grid teetered on edge of collapse. The move came as the state battles on through an historic heatwave that has laid bare the shortcoming of its infrastructure in the face of a new and hotter climate.

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