Axon, the provider of body-mounted cameras for police and the largest face-recognition software in the US, has just officially halted the use of face recognition systems and artificial intelligence applications on attached camera devices. company.
Axon representative confirmed: "The current face recognition technology is not reliable enough to use for law enforcement purposes."
Previously Axon had provided US police agencies with body-mounted cameras, non-lethal weapons and drones to serve law enforcement purposes. Axon's decision once again shows that face recognition technology has yet to be applied in industries that require precision and sensitivity like police.
Management board emphasized: "Face recognition technology should not be deployed until the technology works with high accuracy, regardless of the difference between race, ethnicity, gender and other identity groups."
The information appeared shortly after San Francisco became the first city in the US to ban police and public administrations from using facial recognition software in May 2019.
Even Microsoft recently refused to request the sale of facial recognition technology to law enforcement agencies. They said that the current identification technology is not sufficiently accurate and capable of analyzing faces if they move too quickly. If incorrect estimates are given, they may harm the reputation of the person being arrested.
It is in the US but in China, everything seems to be the opposite. Last year appeared images of police in Zhengzhou, China equipped with sunglasses, integrated face recognition technology to detect crime.
There are still many controversies surrounding the use of facial recognition technology in law enforcement, that in the past there have been many troubles and scandals involving racism. , gender where the main culprit is due to this identity system.
Axon said, the identification technology is currently unable to understand the concept of racism and gender. For example, Amazon's Rekognition face recognition system has been used by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. According to researchers from MIT, Rekognition has a hard time determining the sex of a person, especially when they are dark-skinned.
Axon claims it will not commercialize any facial recognition software on body cameras at the present time. However, that doesn't mean Axon will give up this potential technology.
Axon is working with independent researchers in the field of anti-discrimination algorithms and data. Until Axon felt everything was 100% complete, the company would soon bring the technology back on police cameras, to better serve security.
Refer to Futurism