Amazon Can Find Out When You're Afraid.
In a blog post Monday, the tech giant led by CEO Jeff Bezos announced that facial recovery software has added a new emotion that can detect – fear – in addition to happy, sad, angry, surprised, disgusted, calm and confused.
The company also writes that it has improved the accuracy of gender identification and age range estimation.
Controversial detection software that falls under the auspices of a cloud computing unit known as Amazon Web Services has condemned privacy and digital rights activists and lawmakers who object to Amazon marketing for police and government reclaims agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement. [[1
A recent test by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of recognition software Amazon officials found that it was incorrectly matched by 26 California lawmakers, or more than 1 in 5, with images from a set of 25,000 public arrest photos. According to the ACLU, over half of the false positives were people of color.
During a press conference Tuesday announcing the poll, California lawmaker Phil Ting, a Democrat, said the test showed that software should not be used extensively. Ting, who is Chinese-American, is one of the deputies who was misidentified. He is a co-sponsor of a bill to ban the use of face-to-face technology in California police bodies.
A similar Rekogservation test in June 2018 found that software mistakenly identified 28 members of Congress as suspects, 40 percent of whom are people of color.
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Amazon has previously stated that it encourages law enforcement to use 99 percent confidence ratings for technology public safety applications.
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"When using face recognition to identify the persons of interest in the investigation, the law enforcement authorities should use the recommended 99% confidence of the top d, and use these estimates only as one element of the investigation (not the only determining factor), "the company said in a blog post earlier this year.
However, activists and technology experts say that in real-world scenarios, 99 percent of the guidance is not necessarily followed.
"If you get false accusations of arrest, what happens?" Ting told a news conference. "It can affect your ability to hire, it will absolutely affect your ability to get settled. There are real people who could make a real impact. ”