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It’s time we faced up to AI’s race problem

As facial recognition is rolled out across our cities, we can no longer ignore the racial bias embedded in such technology

By Pragya Agarwal  

Use of facial recognition technology by police forces has shed a light on problems. Photo: Prospect composite

In the last few months, we have heard how facial recognition systems are being rolled across London. King’s Cross station has cameras already; Canary Wharf is considering a trial  offace recognition technologies soon. Two police forces, London’s Metropolitan Police and the South Wales Police, have trialled facial recognition systems on unsuspected citizens, without their explicit consent (leaflets and signs were provided to inform passers by). Many supermarkets and bars have also installed…

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