Microsoft claims its facial recognition technology just got a little less awful. Earlier this year, a study by MIT researchers found that tools from IBM, Microsoft, and Chinese company Megvii could correctly identify light-skinned men with 99-percent accuracy. But it incorrectly identified darker-skinned women as often as one-third of the time. Now imagine a computer incorrectly flagging an image at an airport or in a police database, and you can see how dangerous those errors could be. Microsoft's software performed poorly in the study.
Fujitsu has announced a new way to pay that is not only cardless, but also touchless, with the non-contact technology able to identify a person using only their palm vein and facial data. According to the Japanese giant, the integrated biometric authentication technology points to a cashless society, noting that the tech could be capable of confirming a person's identity at brick-and-mortar stores or for admissions at event venues. To use the new technology, an individual is required to hold their hands over a payment terminal and look at a camera to have their identity matched. To make the solution possible, Fujitsu said its Laboratories has cut processing size to one-tenth of that offered by conventional technology by developing a simulation algorithm that enables instant facial recognition processing. "Facial data captured by a camera while individuals operate a payment terminal is used to narrow down similar groups from databases that have a scale of 1 million registered users," Fujitsu said in a statement on Thursday.