Facial recognition software has a gender problem

Facial recognition software has a gender problem

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Facial recognition software has a gender problem How facial analysis sees you. Credit: Morgan Klaus Scheuerman/CU Boulder With a brief glance at a single face, emerging facial recognition software can now categorize the gender of many men and women with remarkable accuracy. But if that face belongs to a transgender person, such systems get it wrong more than one third of the time, according to new University of Colorado Boulder research. "We found that facial analysis services performed consistently worse on transgender individuals, and were universally unable to classify non-binary genders," said lead author Morgan Klaus Scheuerman, a Ph.D. student in the Information Science department. "While there are many different types of people out there, these systems have an extremely limited view of what gender looks like." The study comes…
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After outcry, Apple carves out room for rival parental control apps to exist

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It’s not clear whether Apple’s crackdown is done. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge   Apple updated its App Store Review Guidelines this week at WWDC 2019 — and many of those changes appear to be aimed squarely at the kinds of controversies that recently led us to ask whether Apple can be trusted with the App Store to begin with. Most prominently, as The New York Times points out, the company appears to be backing away from its stance that screen time and parental control apps shouldn’t have access to the same powerful mobile device management (MDM) and VPN APIs that big companies do — a stamce which the company conveniently used earlier this year to remove a whole bunch of those apps just as it was coincidentally…
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iPhone 8 provides lift-off for Welsh tech company IQE

iPhone 8 provides lift-off for Welsh tech company IQE

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iPhone 8 provides lift-off for Welsh tech company IQE     The successor to last year's iPhone is expected to feature a 3D sensor Credit: Reuters James Titcomb 5 August 2017 • 7:45pm A little-known Welsh manufacturer is tipped to be at the centre of the next iPhone’s breakthrough 3D-tracking technology. IQE, based in Cardiff, makes the special materials that are found in laser ­diodes, which are widely expected to feature in the new Apple handset. The technology will allow the new iPhone 8, expected to be unveiled next month, to instantly scan its environment to create virtual 3D models of the world around it. The feature is likely to be one of its big selling points, allowing owners to unlock their phone using ­facial recognition. IQE, which is listed…
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