Is Apple’s iPhoneX Facial Recognition Low-Key Racist?

At first Yan thought it was a faulty camera. So she returned her iPhoneX and swapped it for a new one. But then it happened again. The iPhoneX camera couldn’t tell two Chinese women apart.

Yan, who lives in Nanjing, China, according to Inverse, was shocked when one of her work colleagues, also Chinese, was able to unlock her iPhone with the facial recognition security feature not just once, but twice.

“If a system is trained on photos of people who are overwhelmingly white, it will have a harder time recognizing nonwhite faces,” ate Crawford, a principal researcher at Microsoft and Obama White House veteran told Inverse.

And while the glitch in the highly anticipated facial recognition software couldn’t have been intentional, it’s yet another reminder of why diversity in Silicon Valley matters and is worth making noise about. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s good business.

No word yet from Apple on the issue.

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