Another "Face" in the news this week, not Facebook thankfully (have we not got enough already?) but Facial recognition algorithms, as the UK police force test their facial recognition algorithms in London this week
There is reason for concern, since there really isn't any law in place to permit its use by the police. We know the technology works on cows - hugely useful for the farmer to know if the cow is in pain and about to deliver a calf - but on humans? Mm.. the New Yorker gives a good explanation
of the tech as well as the concern - with cows and people.
The police aren't the only ones at it of course. Amazon wants to recognise who's at your front door and call the police if necessary,
in their latest collaboration with the Ring doorbell maker, a company they acquired earlier this year
. What could possibly go wrong.
What is really rather bewildering, is that the implementers of the tech seem to willingly ignore the threat to civil liberties
, and believe they are a force for good. Little wonder that the tech trials are being compared to the Manhattan project
. Remember that?
Paradoxically, calls for facial recognition algorithms to be made more transparent would result in its greater accessibility by others, including defence contractors
, leading to the tech being weaponised. What a mess.
As the last MadHATTERS issue for the year, we are sorry to be such a bearer of dismal news but there is some comfort - facial recognition could be fooled by weird hair-do
- time for a makeover!
Yours in HAT,