Artificial intelligence (AI) researchers are calling on Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition software to police.
A group of 26 AI experts, including 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Yoshua Bengio, urged the online retail giant to stop selling its Rekognition AI service to police departments, citing findings by researchers that it exhibited much higher error rates on images of darker-skinned women versus lighter-skinned men.
Bengio said he hopes the protest will encourage debate that leads to companies setting up internal rules and governments adopting regulations so "the best-behaving companies are not at a disadvantage compared to the others."
Amazon has refuted the conclusions of the research, to which Bengio responded, "We hope that the company will...thoroughly examine all of its products and question whether they should currently be used by police."
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