IBM gets out of facial recognition business, calls on Congress to advance policies tackling racial injustice [Lauren Hirsch @ CNBC]

Face recognition is a potentially interesting technique for recommender systems (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4). However, IBM decided now to stop all facial recognition business as CNBC reports:

IBM CEO Arvind Krishna called on Congress Monday to enact reforms to advance racial justice and combat systemic racism while announcing the company was getting out of the facial recognition business. The decision for IBM to get out of the facial recognition business comes amid criticism of the technology, employed by multiple companies, for exhibiting racial and gender bias. Amazon’s own use of facial recognition was put to a shareholder vote last year, with 2.4% of shareholders voting in favor of banning the sale of the technology to government agencies amid privacy and civil rights concerns

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