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Facial recognition works best if you're a white guy

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Ms Gebru and Ms Buolamwini (above) are co-authors of a newly published paper, which studied the performance of three leading facial recognition systems. Ms Buolamwini has experienced the bias of facial recognition firsthand - only when she put on a white mask did a software recognise hers as a face.

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Ms Gebru (above) and Ms Buolamwini are co-authors of a newly published paper, which studied the performance of three leading facial recognition systems.

New York

FACIAL recognition technology is improving by leaps and bounds. Some commercial software can now tell the gender of a person in a photograph.

When the person in the photo is a white man, the software is right 99 per cent of the time.

But the darker the skin, the

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