Microsoft retires facial recognition tool

AI is increasingly becoming a part of our lives, and yet our laws are lagging behind. They have not caught up with the unique risks of AI or the needs of society

New Delhi: Amid the debate over its controversial facial recognition technology, Microsoft has announced it is limiting public access to some of its AI-powered facial analytics tools, including descending facial analytics tools that claim to infer emotional states and identity, gender, age, smile, facial hair, hair and makeup.

The tech giant said it will not provide an open-ended API (application programming interface) access to technology that can scan people’s faces and claims to infer their emotional state based on their facial expressions or movements.

The decision was made as part of Microsoft’s “Responsible AI Standard,” a framework to guide how it builds AI systems.

“AI is increasingly becoming a part of our lives, and yet our laws are lagging behind. They have not caught up with the unique risks of AI or the needs of society,” said Natasha Crampton, Chief Responsible AI Officer at Microsoft.

“While we see signs of increasing government action on AI, we also recognize our responsibility to act. We believe we need to work to ensure AI systems are accountable by design,” she said. in a statement.

Microsoft also introduced similar restrictions to the Custom Neural Voice feature, which allows users to create AI voices based on recordings of real people.

Building on what Microsoft has learned from Custom Neural Voice, it will apply similar controls to its facial recognition services.

“After a transition period for existing customers, we are restricting access to these services to managed customers and partners, limiting use cases to predefined acceptable ones, and leveraging technical controls built into the services,” the company announced. at.

Microsoft said it will stop offering these features to new customers from June 21, while existing customers will be revoked on June 30, 2023.

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