Amazon claims its Rekognition software can now detect fear

Amazon claims its Rekognition software can now detect fear
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[Ed. – When tech companies say this stuff, do they have any idea how Orwellian it all sounds, or are they just so powerful they don’t care? –Mark Hemingway]

It seems that just like bees, Amazon can sense your fear.

Because nothing says “nightmare scenario” quite like a giant tech corporation everyone uses knowing what you’re feeling, Amazon announced on Monday that Rekognition, its controversial facial recognition tool, can now detect a person’s fear.

The update includes “improved accuracy for emotion detection (for all 7 emotions: ‘Happy’, ‘Sad’, ‘Angry’, ‘Surprised’, ‘Disgusted’, ‘Calm’ and ‘Confused’)” but, just for kicks, I guess, “added a new emotion: ‘Fear’.”

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I’d say it’s time to worry about things getting all 1984 up in here, but there are issues with Rekognition that have kept it from wider use.

Rekognition earned the ire of quite a few civil liberties organizations such as the ACLU, who as our Matt Binder pointed out last year, called the technology “primed for abuse in the hands of governments” and warned that it “poses a grave threat to communities, including people of color and immigrants.”

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