U.S. wave of protests against racialarbitrariness leads to unexpected results, including in the high-tech industry. IBM executives came to unexpected conclusions that recognition technology leads to racial profiling and does not comply with the basic principles of the firm.
As a result, calling for a national dialogue onthe appropriateness of the use of controversial technologies, the company announces the cessation of all work on face recognition technology. The CEO of the technology giant outlined his opinion in a message to Congress, in which he spoke out in support of a massive police reform as part of the proposed draft “Police Justice Act 2020”.
From now on, IBM will not use specialfacial recognition or analysis software. The IBM leadership explains its opinion by the fact that these technologies are used for mass surveillance, racial profiling and violate human rights. This does not comply with the fundamental principles of the company. At the same time, IBM will not only not develop and implement these technologies on its own, but also use similar developments of other companies. IBM executives call for a nationwide dialogue on the appropriateness of law enforcement face recognition technology.
Decrypting a message at IBM said the solutiontermination of work on the technology is not a reaction to the riots. It turns out that for several months the company had planned to close this area of activity and even notified its customers and business partners. Nevertheless, the company will support existing customers using IBM products.
IBM CEO Arvind Krishna believes that it is necessarycheck the use of the capabilities of artificial intelligence in law enforcement to eliminate distortion of the results of this system. The businessman also insists on the development of legislation tightening control over the police and increasing the responsibility of law enforcement officers for abuse of authority.
Thus, mass performances will be able to influence the development of high-tech companies and lead to inhibition of the introduction of previously seemingly promising technological innovations.