Amazon’s facial-recognition tech is supercharging police

Source: Drew Harwell, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

Defense attorneys, artificial-intelligence researchers and civil rights experts argue that Amazon’s artificial-intelligence facial recognition tool Rekognition could lead to the wrongful arrest of innocent people who bear only a resemblance to a video image. Rekognition’s accuracy is also hotly disputed, and some experts worry that a case of mistaken identity by armed deputies could have dangerous implications, threatening privacy and people’s lives.

Depsite the concerns, more and more local police are using the technology. 

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