Larry Hardesty
Larry Hardesty
Science writer with the Alexa science teamSource
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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AI works better for white skin - because it's being trained that way

AI works better for white skin - because it's being trained that way

Examination of facial-analysis software shows error rate of 0.8 percent for light-skinned men, 34.7 percent for dark-skinned women. Three commercially released facial-analysis programs from major technology companies demonstrate both skin-type and gender biases, according to a new paper researchers from MIT and Stanford University will present later this month at the Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency. In the researchers’ experiments, the three programs’ error rates in determining the gender of light-skinned men were never worse than 0.8 percent. For darker-skinned...

February 14, 2018
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