IBM Sunsets Facial Recognition and Analysis AI Software

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The biggest news story today in the world of AI is IBM CEO Arvind Krishna’s letter to Congress explaining the company’s decision to sunset its facial recognition and analysis artificial intelligence software products, a statement that also outlines IBM’s proposals to advance racial equality in the U.S., including broader education and training opportunities.

The letter reads in part: “IBM no longer offers general purpose IBM facial recognition or analysis software. IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency. We believe now is the time to begin a national dialogue on whether and how facial recognition technology should be employed by domestic law enforcement agencies.”

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