Wednesday, December 23, 2009

HP can't recognize Me

Great Hera, this is something.
The new HP webcams may have an issue. Folks are claiming that the cameras don't register African-American faces in their programming.
See the example:

Okay, well HP responded to this:

Some of you may have seen or heard of a YouTube video in which the facial-tracking software didn't work for a customer. We thank Desi, and the people who have seen and commented on his video, for bringing this subject to our attention.
We are working with our partners to learn more.

The technology we use is built on standard algorithms that measure the difference in intensity of contrast between the eyes and the upper cheek and nose. We believe that the camera might have difficulty "seeing" contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting.

Well, I'm glad they getting to it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm a Better Off Ted fan and they tackled this issue a couple of weeks back. They installed new lighting sensors that couldn't detect black people. It was funny but poignant.

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