World Economic Forum Calls for Regulations on Facial Recognition

Technology has been progressing extremely rapidly for quite some time now, so much so that legislation often struggles to keep up with the regulations required in order to ensure that this technology does not end up getting misused in any way, shape or form.

One of the newest forms of technology that has been making waves as of late is facial recognition technology, something that is often used to aid in the seamless unlocking of phones and creating security measures that are decidedly futuristic in nature.

However, there are certain problems associated with this technology, with some of the problems being that governments are starting to incorporate facial recognition systems into security checks and if this is left without any kind of regulation this might just end up making it so that civil liberties are infringed upon leaving most people unable to get any significant type of freedom in their day to day lives.

Corporations are considering using facial recognition as well, with some experimental forms of facial recognition being suggested for use during job interviews that would ostensibly gauge an applicants potential simply through facial cues and the like. The potentially discriminatory implications of this kind of usage of facial recognition is not lost on people, which is why the World Economic Forum has called for regulations to be created that would ensure people’s privacy.
According to CNBC, Kay Firth-Butterfield, head of artificial intelligence at WEF said that governments may argue for the use of facial recognition in airports to stop security risks, but questioned: “Do they need it to, for example, follow us from our house to a street demonstration?”
In this brave new world that we are living in, technology is both a blessing and a curse. Both governments as well as corporate entities need to be kept in check in order to preserve civil liberties otherwise we might just end up living in one of those technological dystopias that we read about in books and see depicted in a wide variety of movies and TV shows.

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