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Microsoft Turns Down Police Contract Over AI Bias Concerns

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Microsoft has reportedly refused to install facial recognition technology for a US police force, due to concerns about artificial intelligence (AI) bias.

President Brad Smit said that the software giant recently rejected a California law enforcement agency’s request to install facial recognition technology in officers’ cars and body cameras due to human rights concerns.

It comes as governments and firms around the world increasingly grapple with the ethical use of AI.

Microsoft took the decision according to Reuters, after it concluded it would lead to innocent women and minorities being disproportionately held for questioning.

And multiple research projects have apparently found that AI has more cases of mistaken identity with women and minorities.

“Anytime they pulled anyone over, they wanted to run a face scan” against a database of suspects, Smith reportedly said.

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