July 28, 2018

You ask me, this Amazon robot is pretty smart....

Jack Kemp

click on title to see the full article at the NY Post.

Amazon robot mistakes members of Congress for criminals

Identifying a criminal can be tricky for law enforcement when they’re on the hunt for a wanted person, which is why many agencies have begun to lean on technology for help. Facial recognition systems have gone from a goofy sci-fi plot device to real-world use, but they’re not always super accurate.

In a new series of tests by the American Civil Liberties Union, a whopping 28 members of Congress have been matched by Amazon’s Rekognition facial identification software with mugshots of known criminals. The software, which is reportedly already in use by a number of law enforcement agencies, apparently has some very serious limitations...


This recalls another thing that I learned decades ago on a vacation. I was visiting the Harrah's Auto Museum in Reno (today part of that collection is in the Reno based National Automobile Museum). Listening to a tour guide describe some fancy 1930s Packard automobile that cost $40,000 in those days (cigarettes were five cents a pack). The guide said that the only people who bought these Packards were gangsters and politicians - and then he noted the similarities.

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1 No two ways about it; a VERY smart machine!

Now, if the machines could vote...

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at July 29, 2018 08:26 AM (/70h0)

2 Can you imagine a tour guide being that honest these days, and getting away with it?

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at July 29, 2018 05:43 PM (Grtv4)

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