Amazon’s algorithm is reading a new emotion on faces: fear

Earlier this week, Amazon announced that it had improved the accuracy of its machine learning system Rekognition, improving its “emotion detection” capabilities. Along with detecting the emotions of happy, sad, angry, surprised, disgusted, calm, and confused, Amazon says it has “added a new emotion: fear.”

But emotion detection tech in general is still flawed: On top of accuracy and bias problems, scientists doubt that facial expressions are really a reliable indicator of emotions.

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