The “plutonium of AI”: Facial-recognition technology

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San Francisco became the first city in the United States to ban law-enforcement and government agencies from using facial-recognition technology, which identifies individuals by facial features. Civil liberties advocates hope other cities and countries will soon produce their own versions of the “Stop Secret Surveillance” ordinance.

Algorithms are not impartial

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As new technology is shaped by old biases, stereotypes, and prejudices, users must remain vigilant Joy Buolamwini, now a PhD student at MIT’s Center for Civic Media, was an undergraduate when she first encountered a problem with facial recognition software. She was trying to teach a robot to play peek-a-boo, but the robot did not seem to recognize her (Couch …