Facial recognition software is suffering from effects from the coronavirus

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Wearing face masks is making it more difficult for the algorithms to identify people. Face masks worn to slow the spread of COVID-19 are doing more than reducing exposure levels as they are also messing with facial recognition software accuracy. A new report showed that algorithms have a tough time identifying people wearing the masks. The report was issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a US Commerce Department branch. Among NIST’s tasks is to measure facial recognition software algorithm accuracy. Its new report showed that when…

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Amazon halts use of facial recognition software by police

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The e-commerce giant hopes the move “might give Congress enough time to put in place appropriate rules” Amazon announced last week that it would stop allowing police to use its facial recognition software for one year. This places a wider spotlight on the rising concerns over the technology’s unfair discrimination on certain groups of people. The company did not provide any explanation for having made the decision. Amazon released a short blog post announcing the withdrawal of its facial recognition software use by police. That said, it comes at a…

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Anaheim Police to employ facial recognition software in pursuit of criminals

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Following a year and a half of pilot testing, city officials are prepared to invest in the technology. Anaheim city officials are moving ahead with investments into facial recognition software for police use. The technology has undergone an 18-month pilot test phase, and the city wants to equip officers with its benefits. The software allows police to compare criminal suspects against databases of mugshots. A new report from Anaheim city staff detailed the cost, features and use for the facial recognition software. The city will be paying $35,000 per year…

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Free facial recognition software has ability to ID faces in photos

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A Virginia Tech assistant professor of computer science seeks to uncover the identities of Civil War soldiers. Kurt Luther, the computer science assistant prof, has developed a free facial recognition software platform that utilizes crowdsourcing to significantly enhance the ability of algorithms to identify faces in photographs. The software program, which is known as Photo Sleuth, was developed by Luther in his efforts to uncover the mysteries of the almost 4 million photographs of Civil War-era images that may exist in the historical record, reports EurekAlert!. Via Photo Sleuth, users…

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Amazon facial recognition technology found to be gender and racial bias

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An MIT lab study has revealed Amazon’s Rekognition underperformed when trying to identify females or individuals with darker skin. Amazon facial recognition technology, Rekognition, is widely used by police departments and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) across the US. However, recent research has revealed that the deep-learning software, which has emerged as a leader in the facial recognition field, still has a few serious bugs to work out in regard to gender and racial bias. Rekognition made no mistakes when identifying the gender of a light-skinned man. According to a…

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