So Microsoft Face API, which is part of the Azure Cognitive Services, has just received an update that makes it much better at recognizing people with dark skin. Ordinarily, that will be a good thing, but right now, not so much! Here’s why.
Microsoft has gotten itself sunk deep into the current immigration politics in the U.S.A. It has been contracted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but even though the company has come out publicly condemning the separation of families at the border, as far as some members of the public are concerned, that’s too-little, too-late. The damage has already been done.
Be that as it may, the update to the Microsoft’s Face API, makes facial recognition of people with darker skim more accurate compared to the previous iterations of the technology. The update reduces the error rates in the identification of darker-skinned men and women by 20%, while at the same time reducing general error rates for all women by 9%.
In a blog post announcing the update, Microsoft said that the new Face API will, “significantly reduce accuracy differences across the demographics” by …read more