Microsoft president calls for government regulation of facial-recognition technology to ‘ensure that the year 2024 doesn’t look like a page from the novel 1984’

Brad Smith

Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith advocated in a recent blog post for “government regulation and responsible industry measures” for facial-recognition technology.
He also announced a set of principles that Microsoft would adopt for use of its own facial-recognition software, which focused on preventing discrimination and violations of personal freedoms.
Smith warned that if the technology wasn’t regulated, that we risk becoming a society similar to the one portrayed in George Orwell’s “1984.”

Microsoft said Thursday it was adopting a set of ethical principles for the use of its facial recognition technology, and urged the government to follow its lead with regulations barring unlawful discrimination and focusing on transparency.

In a blog post, Microsoft president Brad Smith pushed for the government, as well as tech companies, to regulate facial-recognition technology and ensure it “creates broad societal benefits while curbing the risk of abuse.”

“The facial recognition genie, so to speak, is just emerging from the bottle,” Smith said in the post. “Unless we act, we risk waking up five years from now to find that facial recognition services have spread in ways that exacerbate societal issues.”

Smith urged regulation of government use that covers three areas: bias and discrimination, people’s privacy, and democratic freedoms and human rights. He warned that if government use of facial recognition isn’t regulated, society risks a dystopian future straight out of George Orwell’s “1984” with Big Brother’s ever watchful eye.

“We must ensure that the year 2024 doesn’t look like a page from the novel “1984,” Smith said. “Orwell sketched that vision nearly 70 years ago. Today technology makes that type of future possible. But not inevitable.”

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Source:: Business Insider


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