December 21st, 2009

HP Doesn’t Care About Black People!

Posted in Society, Tech by MB

Don’t ask questions, just hit play:

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This guy needs his own show, doesn’t he?  But seriously, the reason it doesn’t track is grounded in a completely legit technical issue (concerning contrast), which HP says it’s addressing.  You kinda wonder about a QA process that never brought this to light, though.

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  1. Warren says:

    Maybe the computer follows Wanda because sometimes you just can’t stop staring at ugly people.

    December 22nd, 2009 at 9:18 am

  2. Joy says:

    What’s so amazing is that presumably this kind of technology has been developed with at least some defense money (going on my experience with computer scientists I know). And whose faces would the defense department want to track the most?? Why, dark brown/black ones!

    I could also imagine though that they adjusted the contrast settings so as not to be accused of racism from the other perspective – for only tracking darker faces – you know?

    I have eyetracking equipment that sucks at tracking eyes with epicanthal folds because lots of times portions of the iris/pupil are obscured by the upper eyelid.

    December 22nd, 2009 at 10:21 am