Posted on 06-10-2020.
Tech giant IBM will no longer develop and sell facial recognition software for mass surveillance. The move came in response to the death of George Floyd, which raised concerns about the accuracy of face-scanning software in terms of race and gender, as well as about how the police use facial recognition technology (FRT) to track demonstrators and monitor neighborhoods. IBM CEO, Arvind Krishna, made a dedicated announcement in a letter to a group of Democrats working on police reform legislation in the United States Congress. Krishna questioned whether FRT should be deployed by the police at all, saying in the letter:
“We believe now is the time to begin a national dialogue on whether and how facial recognition technology should be employed by domestic law enforcement agencies.”Just recently, tests performed by Comparitech showed that Amazon’s face recognition technology incorrectly matched over a hundred of the U.S. and United Kingdom politicians with photos of arrested people. Comparitech noted the racial issue as Rekognition turned out to be racially biased, stating that “out of the 12 politicians who were misidentified at a confidence threshold of 90 percent or higher, six were not white. That means half of the misidentified people were people of color, even though non-whites only make up about one-fifth of the U.S. Congress and one-tenth of the U.K. parliament.”
“There are good reasons to believe that it will still be some time before FRT will be able to identify ‘a face in the crowd’ (in uncontrolled environments) with any reasonable level of accuracy and consistency. It might be that this is ultimately an unattainable goal, especially for larger populations. Not because the technology is not good enough but because there is not enough information (or variation) in faces to discriminate over large populations—i.e. with large populations it will create many biometric doubles that then need to be sorted out using another biometric.”Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and join our Telegram channel to know what’s up with crypto and why it’s important.