UK watchdog warns against AI for emotional analysis, dubs immature biometrics a bias risk

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  • ).The watchdog’s deputy commissioner, Stephen Bonner, appears to agree that this high tech nonsense must be stopped — saying today there’s no evidence that such technologies do actually work as claimed (or that they will ever work).“Developments in the biometrics and emotion AI market are immature.
  • “The inability of algorithms which are not sufficiently developed to detect emotional cues, means there’s a risk of systemic bias, inaccuracy and even discrimination.”It’s not the first time the ICO has had concerns over rising use of biometric tech.
  • This kind of data use is far more risky than traditional biometric technologies that are used to verify or identify a person,” it continued.
  • (It’s also noteworthy that the regulator name-checks the involvement of the Ada Lovelace Institute (which commissioned the aforementioned legal review) and the British Youth Council which it says will be involved in a process of public dialogues it plans to use to help shape its forthcoming ‘people-centric’ biometrics guidance.
  • At the ICO, we are concerned that incorrect analysis of data could result in assumptions and judgements about a person that are inaccurate and lead to discrimination.“The only sustainable biometric deployments will be those that are fully functional, accountable and backed by science.
  • So a far cry from the comprehensive framework called for by the Ada Lovelace research institute-commissioned independent law review.In any case, the data reform bill remains on pause after a summer of domestic political turmoil that has led to two changes of prime minister in quick succession.
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