Category Archives: facial recognition

China is home to a growing market for dubious “emotion recognition” technology

Emotion recognition technology is based upon a fundamentally flawed idea: that an algorithm can analyze a person’s facial expressions and accurately infer their inner state or mood. In reality, when a person experiences emotions like joy, worry, or disgust, studies have found that they don’t necessarily respond by reacting in consistent, universal ways. While many people may frown if they feel sad, that reaction is also dependent on factors such as culture and the situation and moment. Read more (restofworld.org)

The Secret History of Facial Recognition

Today, facial recognition has become a security feature of choice for phones, laptops, passports, and payment apps. It promises to revolutionize the business of targeted advertising and speed the diagnosis of certain illnesses. It makes tagging friends on Instagram a breeze. Yet it is also, increasingly, a tool of state oppression and corporate surveillance.  Read more (Wired)

A British AI Tool to Predict Violent Crime Is Too Flawed to Use

A FLAGSHIP ARTIFICIAL intelligence system designed to predict gun and knife violence in the UK before it happens had serious flaws that made it unusable, local police have admitted. The error led to large drops in accuracy, and the system was ultimately rejected by all of the experts reviewing it for ethical problems. Read more

This ugly AF t-shirt blocks facial recognition technology (futures are defined by the shadow worlds that undermine broken systems)

According to Lin, wearing the t-shirt makes you 63 per cent less likely to be detected by digital surveillance technology, but it’s not failsafe. “We still have difficulties in making it work in the real world because there’s that strong assumption that we know everything about the detection algorithm,” she said. “It’s not perfect, so there may be problems here or there.”

https://www.dazeddigital.com/science-tech/article/49183/1/this-t-shirt-blocks-facial-recognition-technology