What if facial recognition could determine your ancestry without the need for 23andme? Come see Kairos show off this feat of artificial intelligence at TechCrunch Disrupt SF next week. We’ll follow up the demo with a fireside chat investigating Kairos’ commitment to not be evil. “Facial recognition-powered government surveillance is an extraordinary invasion of the privacy of all citizens — and a slippery slope to losing control of our identities altogether” CEO Brian Brackeen wrote in a TechCrunch guest post in June.
Founded six years ago, Kairos has been steadily building facial recog to combat bank fraud, secure enterprise software with biometrics, and to create smart contracts so only the right person can collect on a cryptocurrency transaction. Now it’s running a token sale to fund the next stages of its tech development.
But facial recognition is only helpful if it’s exceedingly accurate. That’s what we’ll be testing on stage at Disrupt. “If people take a selfie, it tells them what percentages of different races they are” Brackeen says. That’s a bold claim.
It’s also somewhat worrying. That tech in the wrong hands could power racial discrimination. Even if it’s illegal for businesses to do so, that won’t necessarily stop them if they can make an extra buck or be a jerk to people they hate. Signing pledges and making promises might not be enough.
What can developers making problematic tech do to guarantee it’s not misused? Who should oversee these ethical questions? And are startups any more accountable than giant corporations? Come to Disrupt or watch on the livestream as we get you the answers.
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