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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Detroit's police chief admitted on Monday that facial recognition technology used by the department misidentifies suspects about 96 percent of the time. It's an eye-opening admission given that the Detroit Police Department is facing criticism for arresting a man based on a bogus match from facial recognition software.



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Facial Recognition Led to False Arrest of Black Man

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-30 12:30 PM | Reply

Americans have the right to face their accuser.

How do you do that when it's a computer algorithm?

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-30 12:34 PM | Reply


Similar arguments have been made about red-light cameras.

From what I've seen, the answer seems to be, it is not the computer algorithm but the person using it who is accusing you.

I don't know if this is settled though.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-30 12:41 PM | Reply


But a 96% error rate means there is 4% being correct, 100% of the time

And that's how we roll


#4 | Posted by Chieftutmoses at 2020-06-30 01:55 PM | Reply

As for the idea that science is somehow 'color-blind', while that might be technically true, how and when it's applied is still susceptible to human prejudices and bias, as noted in this excerpt from the item linked to the headline of this thread:

Research has found that the accuracy of facial recognition software varies by the race of the subject, with Black suspects being identified less often than white ones. And Koebler points out that the DPD's own statistics show the technology being used almost exclusively on Black suspects. According to police data, 68 out of 70 facial recognition searches were done on Black suspects, while two had a race code of "U""probably short for "unknown."


#5 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-06-30 07:10 PM | Reply

Kind of moot in the age of masks.. like straight white teeth... giving new meaning to tan lines.

#6 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-07-01 03:30 AM | Reply

96% error rate but they are still using it? 96% error rate and they purchased the software? The concept of reducing the budgets of police agencies is becomes good common sense in light of this. The police agencies, across the country, are pissing away millions of dollars on equipment they don't need, and things like "facial recognition" that don't even work. Cut their budgets, use the money for more useful tasks that society actually needs.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2020-07-01 09:27 AM | Reply

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