US cop body cam maker says it won't ship face-recog tech in its kit? Due to ethics? Did we slip into a parallel universe? | 6/27/2019 | Staff
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Axon, the largest supplier of body cameras to America's cops, will not add facial-recognition technology to its gear anytime soon, it announced Thursday.

Formerly known as Taser, Axon had asked its AI and Policing Technology Ethics Board – made up of engineers, social scientists, and lawyers – to mull over the impact of building face-scanning machine-learning systems into its products. After a year of consideration, the board recommended Axon avoid the tech. And so, astonishingly, it has.

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“Face recognition technology is not currently reliable enough to ethically justify its use on bodyworn cameras," the panel of eggheads concluded in a report out this week. "At the least, face recognition technology should not be deployed until the technology performs with far greater accuracy and performs equally well across races, ethnicities, genders, and other identity groups.”

Before we lose our minds over sentient AI, what about self-driving cars that can't detect kids crossing the road?

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It’s well known that today's computer-vision software struggles to accurately identify people with darker skin, and it isn't terribly reliable when analyzing women, mainly due to biased training data sets and wonky image-processing algorithms. Today's algorithms and models are, therefore, bad news all round for women of color in particular.

The potential for misidentification by AI code sifting through police camera footage, in real time or offline, is, thus, a real threat for black communities especially, who are frequently targeted and harassed by law enforcement. No one wants to be wrongly fingered...
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