Criminals in Congress
Amazon has been working with law enforcement agencies on a controversial face recognition system, Rekognition. It aims to match up to 100 faces in an image against a library of millions, to spot, well, criminals, presumably.
The American Civil Liberties Union ran pictures of members of Congress through the system. Comically, Rekognition matched 28 members with criminal mugshots. The ACLU claimed the system had an accuracy of about 80 percent— way short of anything useful. The exact testing procedure is unclear, but apparently was put together for an Amazon fee of $12.33.
Face recognition will work, and is fine in a limited environment, such as unlocking a phone. However, there is still a lot of work to do to. The ethical dimension of scanning the general population is another matter. The tech is coming; we need to understand it, and be ready.