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    Facial recognition technology is racist!

    Late last year, the federal government released its own damning report on bias issues in face recognition algorithms, finding that the systems generally work best on middle-aged white men’s faces, and not so well for people of color, women, children, or the elderly. The federal government study concluded the rates of error tended to be highest for Black women, just as Buolamwini, Gebru, and Raji found. These error-prone, racially biased algorithms can have devastating impacts for people of color. For example, many police departments use face recognition technology to identify suspects and make arrests. One false match can lead to a wrongful arrest, a lengthy detention, and even deadly police violence.

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    I saw the same report. FRS isn't racist. Merely its use is racist and serves as a convenient method of confirmation bias for its users.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigplayer View Post
    FRS isn't racist. Merely its use is racist and serves as a convenient method of confirmation bias for its users.
    Yes and no. Yes, FRS in and of itself isn't racist. However, numerous studies have found that the datasets used to "train" it had flaws that led to higher error rates when it is applied to people of color. Like is being discovered with a lot of algorithms, it is being found that racism can creep through in assumptions made either in writing the algorithm itself or in datasets used to train.

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    The Chinese seem to have figured it out.
    Black chips matter

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    Quote Originally Posted by 21forme View Post
    The Chinese seem to have figured it out.
    Not really. They don't have the diversity in their population as other countries do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UNCBear4SJ View Post
    Not really. They don't have the diversity in their population as other countries do.
    Diversity makes it easier, not harder.
    Black chips matter

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    Quote Originally Posted by 21forme View Post
    Diversity makes it easier, not harder.
    Nope. That's exactly why recognition software in the US is being shown to have a higher error rate with people of color than with white people. If China had as diverse a population, they'd be having the same problems.

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