IBM, helping genocide?
IBM shared its controversial Diversity in Faces dataset, used to train facial recognition systems, with companies and universities directly linked to militaries and law enforcement across the world. The dataset contains information scraped from a million images posted on Flickr, a popular image sharing website, under the …
History repeating itself?
"IBM shared its controversial Diversity in Faces dataset"
"It gave the Nazis a way of tracing Jews and dissidents using the powerful automated search tools using the IBM machines. It enabled them to search databases rapidly and efficiently"
Wow. Good for IBM. I'm interested, as an academic who studies vision, in assessing the importance of potential low-level statistical texture descriptors in object or face recognition. I've just filled in the form asking for access to the database.
People who want to do evil things with coded images will already have done it if they are really any good at doing their evil things.
It is not IBM's fault that there is a country out there that does not care about human rights. Science should be open and public, and IBM is doing the right thing to help Science progress. The fact that China is going to use that to improve its stranglehold on its people is not something IBM can do anything about, and equating this with Google is wrong because Google was specifically working on a project for China. Google was going to get paid to increase a population's misery.
Not at all the same thing.
> The fact that China is going to use that to improve its stranglehold on its people is not something IBM can do anything about
The fact that the Nazi German Government used the Dehomag D11 tabulating machines to keep track of the prisoners at Auschwitz and Treblinka wasn't something that IBM could do anything about. IBM was only concerned with the progress of Science.
It makes me wonder why did IBM go to such lengths to hide the origin of the income generated by the leasing of the Dehomag machines.
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