Microsoft says its racist facial recognition tech is now less racist

Microsoft Facial Recognition

Earlier this year, Microsoft released new facial recognition software to developers that offered great promise but turned out to be racist. After the company's 2016 "Tay" debacle — surely you remember Microsoft's neat AI Twitter bot that turned into a crazed Nazi in under 24 hours — this was the last thing Microsoft needed. The company's "Face API" offered developers access to what the company claimed to be advanced facial recognition technology that could be integrated into their own products. But researchers at MIT and Microsoft's own New York-based research lab found that the company's new facial recognition tech had some serious problems with race. And gender.

According to a paper published by the researchers, Microsoft's Face API facial recognition technology was remarkably proficient at identifying white males. In fact, the team found that Microsoft's tech could identify white male faces with an error rate of 0%. That's fantastic, but the finding was overshadowed by the face that the error rate skyrocketed as high as 20.8% when the tech tried to identify black women. Microsoft clearly had some work to do to make things right, and in a blog post on Tuesday evening the company claims it has made some serious improvements to its facial recognition tech.

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