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Amazon facial ID mistakes Congressmen for criminals

Jul 27, 2018, 8:13 AM EDT
(Source: https://aws.amazon.com/rekognition/)
(Source: https://aws.amazon.com/rekognition/)

On a lighter note, we would wish to spare Amazon’s facial ID system for its honest mistake of classifying 28 members of the U.S. Congress as police suspects, but the error falls in too serious a category to be shrugged off.

Alarmingly, in a test conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the facial recognition system faltered disproportionately to reveal an unsettling bias against African American and Latino Congress members, writes Digital Trends.

The false matches by Amazon’s Rekognition system reflect how the society’s deep-seated, ingrained biases can infiltrate into machine learning systems and can cost people their freedom by faulty identification, reports The Verge.

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