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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

New tech doorbells can record video, and that's an ethics problem

Molly Wood
Originally posted January 17, 2019

Here is an excerpt:

Ring is pretty clear in its terms and conditions that people are allowing Ring employees to access videos, not live streams, but cached videos. And that's in order to train that artificial intelligence to be better at recognizing neighbors, because they're trying to roll out a feature where they use facial recognition to match with the people that are considered safe. So if I have the Ring cameras, I can say, "All these are safe people. Here's pictures of my kids, my neighbors. If it's not one of these people, consider them unsafe." So that's a new technology. They need to be able to train their algorithms to recognize who's a person, what's a car, what's a cat. Some subset of the videos that are being uploaded just for typical usage are then being shared with their research team in the Ukraine.

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