Face-Detection Cameras Are Racist?

January 23, 2010 at 10:58 am (News) (, , , , )


According to TIME:

Nikon isn’t the only big brand whose consumer cameras have displayed an occasional – though clearly unintentional – bias toward Caucasian faces. Face detection, which is one of the latest “intelligent” technologies to trickle down to consumer cameras, is supposed to make photography more convenient. Some cameras with face detection are designed to warn you when someone blinks; others are programmed to automatically take a picture when somebody smiles – a feature that, theoretically, makes the whole problem of timing your shot to catch the brief glimpse of a grin obsolete. Face detection has also found its way into computer webcams, where it can track a person’s face during a video conference or enable face-recognition software to prevent unauthorized access.

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