You know I’ve used an HP or two in my time. And I had always suspected that there was something …something not quite right about them. And now I know why:
HP Face-Tracking Webcams Don’t Recognize Black People
This is awkward. It appears that HP’s new webcams, which have facial-tracking software, can’t recognize black faces, as evidenced in the above video. HP has responded:
We are working with our partners to learn more. The technology we use is built on standard algorithms that measure the difference in intensity of contrast between the eyes and the upper cheek and nose. We believe that the camera might have difficulty “seeing” contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting.
It adds a whole new meaning to the idea of making someone invisible.
PS. By the way…HOW DO YOU NOT CATCH THIS DURING TESTING? I mean, really?