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Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm

June 24, 2020

This unfortunate story about the arrest of Robert Julian-Borchak Williams by the Detroit Police Department is the first known case of an arrest based on flawed facial recognition software. It highlights the very real, very personal consequences of uncontrolled, unvalidated algorithms.

The software provider's GM admitted that the company "does not formally measure the systems' accuracy or bias". Without proper ML governance and controls, it is likely to be the first of many such stories we see. It is inevitable that such high profile injustices will accelerate the regulatory pathways for machine learning models.

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