Hm. I wonder if it’s to launch a public relations (which is Edward Bernays’ new phrase (since 1920s/30s) for propaganda – amazing part of US corporate / govt history btw) to try to inspire confidence (convince, con, confidence man) in using AI face profiling for public surveillance?
If you remember, each of the big tech companies had their own really skewed data problems with facial recognition whereby a significant percentage of black and brown people came up as criminals when they were not, leading to false arrests by police using that software.
By “loosening high standards” as it were, it may be about this.
I can’t think of other uses of AI by government that is as well known and controversial over the last few years.
The other one is driverless cars and driverless trucks. It might be about that. Come to think about it, it’s probably that.