Facial recognition in Digital Age


Do you remember Hollywood movies Terminator: Rise of Machines or Ex Machina where facial recognition technologies are used in several ways?

Microsoft says its facial recognition technology is less biased


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 develops palm vein and facial data authentication technology


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.