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Microsoft stops selling emotional reading technology, limits face knowledge – SABC News

Microsoft Corporation has announced that it would stop selling technology that guesses someone’s emotions based on a portrait and would no longer provide unrestricted access to face recognition technology.

The decision reflects the efforts of leading cloud providers to limit sensitive technologies on their own, as lawmakers in the United States and Europe continue to weigh in on overarching legal boundaries.

Since last year, Microsoft has been examining whether emotional knowledge systems are rooted in science.

“These efforts raised important questions about privacy, a lack of consensus on the definition of ’emotions’ and an inability to generalize the relationship between facial expressions and emotional states across usages, areas and demographics,” said Sarah Bird, Azure AI’s VP of Microsoft , said in a blog post.

Microsoft has said that customers now need to be approved to use their face recognition services, which can enable people to sign in to websites or open locked doors with face scans.

The company urged customers to avoid situations that infringe on privacy or where technology could be in difficulty, such as identifying minors, but did not explicitly ban that use.

Current clients will have one year before they lose access to artificial intelligence tools that pretend to infer emotions, gender, age, smile, facial hair, hair and makeup.

Google Cloud, which belongs to Alphabet Inc., went through a similar audit last year, which was first reported by Reuters. Google blocked 13 planned emotions from its emotion-reading tool and examined four existing ones – such as joy and sorrow. A new system was being tested that would describe movements such as grinning and smiling, without blaming them for emotion.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

Microsoft stops selling emotional reading technology, limits face knowledge – SABC News

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