As for Suspect Technologies’ pitch, one January 2018 email describes a facial recognition system with various features that the company could implement at a future date. It would be set up on cameras in police lobbies and across town with “Real Time Person Detection,” which would “show where all people are (to be used in active shooter situation, or the events you monitor, abduction cases, etc.)” Another set of features would be focused on historical data, which could “show where all people have been in past X minutes,” and “Image Attribute Software (search people by age, gender, ethnicity, etc.)”Sniff's emails show that he knew facial recognition technology is a tumultuous subject.“So you would aim to do this on all or most of the buildings you showed me in person? We would be fine on the privacy concerns for this?” Sniff wrote in a November 2017 email to the police department. “I do realize the technology could be perceived as controversial, though the stark reality is that it could save lives.”“Ed, you mentioned that if we did the lobby idea in Boston, that they would go absolutely nuts and it would be a privacy disaster. Our discussion last week was that police departments are supposed to be welcoming and this would ultimately deter people from showing up,” Sniff wrote in an April 2018 email chain including Ed Davis, former Boston Police Commissioner and who now runs a security consulting firm.
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Multiple studies from MIT Media Lab found that facial recognition systems from IBM, Microsoft, Amazon and Chinese firm Megvii, had a harder time correctly identifying the gender of darker skinned and female faces. Microsoft and IBM said in previous statements that they improved their own datasets to address this issue.Cuban told Motherboard in an email “there is quite a bit of research related to determining bias in models and again, the only way to determine bias is to do robust bias testing and review for it.”The Suspect Technologies and Plymouth Police deal didn’t work out. In a June 2018 email, Botieri wrote that he doesn’t have the money budgeted for the proposal.“Say hello to Cuban for me,” Botieri wrote in a January 2018 email.Subscribe to our new cybersecurity podcast, CYBER.
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