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Two notable AI mishaps dent reputation, IBM and AWS the culprits

AI’s glowing reputation has been tarnished a little this past week, with two major players managing to draw ire for falling short of the mark. IBM got flak for dodgy cancer diagnoses, while Amazon’s Rekognition system reckoned 28 members if the US Congress were criminals, based on their faces, after a trial carried out by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Amazon’s failure here, part of the ACLU’s attempt to flag the problem of using such facial recognition systems in law enforcement, flustered five of those congress people to demand an immediate briefing with CEO Bezos. However, because we can’t see the data set, there’s a definite chance here for them to get egg on their face, if it transpires…

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