Everyone’s been fawning over the iPhone X recently, but here’s something that’s got us a little puzzled and worried about its facial recognition function.
The idea of that security measure, of course, is to make sure nobody but you can unlock your phone. It’s all very science fiction, but it seems more and more like we’re living in the future, so it’s hardly surprising.
But it seems the future isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. For while Apple have said their facial recognition software on the iPhone X is top-notch and that the chances of somebody else being able to unlock your phone is – literally – ‘one in a million’, a woman called Yan has already proved that’s clearly not the case.
Hailing from Nanjing in China, Yan got her hands on an iPhone X, only to discover that her co-worker could easily unlock it with her face, too. Even after a major rejig of the configuration settings.
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Amazon’s much-vaunted facial recognition software – currently the subject of a concerted effort to halt its production – regularly identifies dark-skinned females as males, it has emerged.
This is not the first time that Artificial Intelligence has had “problems” with the automatic analysis of dark-skinned people. In 2015, Google was the subject of much media controversy when its Google Photos app regularly identified black people as “gorillas.”
In 2018, Google admitted that it had been unable to solve the auto-identification of black people as “gorillas,” and had therefore resorted to simply preventing Google Photos from ever labelling any image as a gorilla, chimpanzee, or monkey – even pictures of the primates themselves.
For example, the identification of dark-skinned females as males is of course due to the well-known African racial trait of androgyny—the state where there is no clear distinction between male and female in facial appearance.
This racial trait is most clear in Africans of unmixed racial origin, such as these two early 20th Century French postcards from Africa reveal. On the left, a female from the Mogandi tribe in the Congo, and on the right, a male from the Bassoundi tribe, also in the Congo.
If liberals did not deny the reality of race, then software identification errors would not occur. In fact, if liberals did not deny the reality of race, then many problems facing the entire globe would not occur.
White people are called racist for saying colored people look alike, but computer software has the same problem!
Maybe there are some truth to it!