×deltaface.jpg Minneapolis Airport is a nice place. See also Telemedicine, AI, and deep learning are revolutionizing healthcare (free PDF) Rather like Minneapolis itself. (In my five-day stay, I only witnessed the aftermath of one shooting.) But when you got a late flight, you’re tired, and there’s a long line at Wendy’s, there really aren’t that many options for edification. So I sat at the gate, staring toward TV screens in a diner, waiting for my Delta flight back to San Francisco. Suddenly, I heard an announcement from the next gate. It was a Delta flight to Amsterdam, and the gate agent wanted passengers to be excited. You see, Minneapolis is one of the airports where the airline is testing facial recognition boarding, and this Delta gate agent was describing it in gushing terms. He said it would make boarding quicker. He said it was brand new and fancy and so very simple. The one part he seemed to omit was that it was optional. You can, of course, still show the gate agent your passport and your boarding pass. But who wants to perform such an onerous task when you can stand on a circle — be careful you’re positioned correctly — wait for both a green light and an OK from the gate agent, and then take a receipt and board? This is supposed to save time? Delta says it does and I’m sure Customs and Border Protection would agree. After all, it’s their photo database that’s giving you… [Read full story]
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