HP Face-Tracking Webcams Don’t Recognize Black People 

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Oops? As noted in one of the article’s comments, life is imitating art here. Have a read of this scene from the Racial Sensitivities episode of “Better Off Ted”, where they’re discussing motion sensors:

Ted: The system doesn’t see black people?

Veronica: I know. Weird, huh?

Ted: That’s more than weird, Veronica. That’s basically, well… racist.

Veronica: The company’s position is that it’s actually the opposite of racist, because it’s not targeting black people. It’s just ignoring them. They insist the worst people can call it is “indifferent.”

Ted: Well, they know it has to be fixed, right? Please…at least say they know that.

Veronica: Of course they do, and they’re working on it. In the meantime they’d like everyone to celebrate the fact that it sees Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Jews.


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