The Importance of Decoding Unconscious Bias in AI Big Cloud Recruitment


Despite its widespread adoption, Artificial Intelligence still has a long way to go in terms of diversity and inclusion. It's a subject close to our hearts as a company, and quite frankly, something that should be celebrated and shouted about given all the doom and gloom we're so often bombarded with in today's media. From healthcare, and sustainable cities, to climate change and industry, investment in AI is making an impact in many areas. Applications of machine learning and deep learning help shape the trajectories of our daily lives, so much so that we are barely even aware of it. However, all of this do-gooding aside, one of the biggest obstacles in AI programming is that of the inherent bias that exists within it.

If you jaywalk in China, facial recognition means you'll walk away with a fine


Residents of Shenzhen don't dare jaywalk. Since April 2017, this city in China's Guangdong province has deployed a rather intense technique to deter jaywalking. Anyone who crosses against the light will find their face, name, and part of their government ID number displayed on a large LED screen above the intersection, thanks to facial recognition devices all over the city. If that feels invasive, you don't even know the half of it. Now, Motherboard reports that a Chinese artificial intelligence company is partnering the system with mobile carriers, so that offenders receive a text message with a fine as soon as they are caught.

You weren't supposed to actually implement it, Google


Last month, I wrote a blog post warning about how, if you follow popular trends in NLP, you can easily accidentally make a classifier that is pretty racist. To demonstrate this, I included the very simple code, as a "cautionary tutorial".

The Google Arts and Culture app has a race problem


The Google Arts and Culture app (available on iOS and Android) has been around for two years, but this weekend, it shot to the top of both major app stores because of a small, quietly added update.

The iPhone X is slammed as RACIST by Chinese users

Daily Mail

Apple has been accused of being'racist' after a Chinese boy realised he could unlock his mum's iPhone X using the facial recognition software.

iPhone X News: Privacy Experts Concerned About Face ID Before Release Date

International Business Times

As Apple fans worldwide make lines outside stores to purchase the new iPhone X, the device's Face ID feature is being scrutinized by advocacy groups. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Democracy and Technology told Reuters their concerns on whether Apple can enforce privacy rules for the iPhone X's facial recognition technology. The Face ID feature works to unlock the device, confirm Apple Pay payments, use Animoji and much more. It will also work with third-party apps. Face ID runs through the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera system, which maps the user's face with 30,000 infrared dots.

Apple iPhone X's FaceID Technology: What It Could Mean For Civil Liberties

International Business Times

Apple's new facial recognition software to unlock their new iPhone X has raised questions about privacy and the susceptibility of the technology to hacking attacks. Apple's iPhone X is set to go on sale on Nov. 3.

New iPhone brings face recognition --and fears -- to the masses

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – Apple will let you unlock the iPhone X with your face -- a move likely to bring facial recognition to the masses, along with concerns over how the technology may be used for nefarious purposes. Apple's newest device, set to go on sale on Friday, is designed to be unlocked with a facial scan with a number of privacy safeguards -- as the data will only be stored on the phone and not in any databases. Unlocking one's phone with a face scan may offer added convenience and security for iPhone users, according to Apple, which claims its "neural engine" for FaceID cannot be tricked by a photo or hacker. While other devices have offered facial recognition, Apple is the first to pack the technology allowing for a three-dimensional scan into a hand-held phone. But despite Apple's safeguards, privacy activists fear the widespread use of facial recognition would "normalize" the technology and open the door to broader use by law enforcement, marketers or others of a largely unregulated tool.

FaceApp removes 'Ethnicity Filters' after racism storm

Daily Mail

A viral app that added Asian, Black, Caucasian and Indian filters to people's selfies has removed them after being accused of racism. The update which launched yesterday was met with backlash - with many people criticising it for propagating racial stereotypes. The filters drew comparison with'blackface' and'yellowface' - when white people wear make up to appear to be from a different ethnic group. The filters drew comparison with'blackface' and'yellowface' - when white people wear make up to appear to be from a different ethnic group. The app uses Artificial Intelligence to transform faces.

'Racist' FaceApp photo filters encouraged users to black up

The Independent

FaceApp has removed a number of racially themed photo filters after being accused of racism. The app, which uses artificial intelligence to edit pictures, this week launched a number of "ethnicity change filters". They claimed to show users what they'd look like if they were Caucasian, Black, Asian or Indian. FaceApp has attracted fierce criticism for launching the filters, with some users claiming they were racist, and encouraged users to "black up" digitally. Responding to the backlash, FaceApp founder and CEO, Yaroslav Goncharov, said, "The ethnicity change filters have been designed to be equal in all aspects.