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Met Police’s Robocop desires lead to barbed AI criticism, looming ban?

The UK’s police forces seem pretty keen to jump on board with new technologies, apparently without properly benchmarking them. This should be the only reasonable conclusion if the findings from the University of Essex Human Rights Center are to be trusted, as they found that London’s Metropolitan Police Service’s shiny new facial recognition system is only right about 19% of the time – whereas the Met reckons it’s more like 99.9%. The new criticism comes only a couple of months after Big Brother Watch started filing Freedom of Information requests, and found that the Met’s system was generating false positives 98% of the time – correctly identifying only two people, neither of whom were actually criminals. Elsewhere, the UK’s Information…

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