Axon launches AI ethics board to study the dangers of facial recognition

Axon, formerly known as Taser, has launched a new “AI ethics board” to guide its use of artificial intelligence. The board will meet twice a year to discuss the ethical implications of upcoming Axon products, particularly how their use might affect community policing. Privacy groups responded to the news by urging the board to pay close attention to Axon’s development of facial recognition technology.

The use of real-time facial recognition in policing has become a contentious topic, as police forces in the UK and China begin testing the technology in public. The UK has installed CCTV cameras with facial recognition to scan for hooligans at soccer games, while Chinese police have integrated the technology into sunglasses to scan…

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