Face Recognition CEO Warns of Police Abuse

first_img Facial recognition, especially when combined with machine learning, has been one of the creepier developments in modern tech. And there’s no wonder why. Being able to simply walking around in society without machines tracking you and knowing immediately who you are is a right not too many of us thought about losing. But, now that law enforcement agencies are using them at the US-Mexico border, throughout airports, and in police departments, the backlash is building. It’s bad enough that Brian Brackeen, CEO of AI facial recognition startup Kairos, has penned an op-ed in TechCrunch warning against potential police abuse of the tech. The topic came up when bodycam manufacturer Axon wanted to partner with Kairos to explore the deployment of AI-powered facial recognition in police cams. But Brackeen declined, noting that “using commercial facial recognition in law enforcement is irresponsible and dangerous.One of the biggest problems is that facial recognition software is consistently far less accurate for those with darker skin. An issue Brackeen himself notes. “As the Black chief executive of a software company developing facial recognition services, I have a personal connection to the technology both culturally, and socially,” he said. “The problem is, existing software has not been exposed to enough images of people of color to be confidently relied upon to identify them. And misidentification could lead to wrongful conviction, or far worse.”For the time being, the technology just isn’t reliable enough to bet people’s lives or freedom on it. And, even if it was, law enforcement and government agencies don’t have a rosy history of respecting or even acknowledging the rights of others. “Any company in this space that willingly hands this software over to a government, be it America or another nation’s, is willfully endangering people’s lives,” Brackeen adds. “We need movement from the top of every single company in this space to put a stop to these kinds of sales.”For me, a good chunk of the fear also comes from the idea of machines and cameras everywhere, constantly monitoring my whereabouts. I don’t do anything shady, but I want to walk around without being observed and known about every second. It’s bad enough that Google started asking me (based on my GPS location) to start rating businesses I visited, but… oh boy. This is so much worse.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Stay on targetlast_img

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