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Amazon’s AI can now detect FEAR

Daily Mail [1]
August 15, 2019

Amazon says its increasingly popular facial recognition software has learned a few new tricks, including the ability to discern when someone is scared.

The software, called ‘Rekognition’, has added ‘fear’ to its list of detectable emotions which already includes ‘Happy’, ‘Sad’, ‘Angry’, ‘Surprised’, ‘Disgusted’, ‘Calm’ and ‘Confused,’ said Amazon in an announcement [2] earlier this week.

In addition to its emotion capabilities, Amazon says its has also improved Rekognition’s ability to identify gender and age more accurately.

The improved age features offer smaller age ranges across the spectrum and also more accurate range predictions, said the company.

According to Amazon, the new capabilities leverage a wealth of data generated by its face analysis feature.

‘Face analysis generates metadata about detected faces in the form of gender, age range, emotions, attributes such as ‘Smile’, face pose, face image quality and face landmarks,’ said the company.

While Amazon has touted its new features as improvements, the capabilities have angered opponents who criticize Amazon’s decision to sell software to law enforcement agencies and the federal government.

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