AWS Adds “Fear” To Facial Recognition Repertoire, Draws Immediate Fire


AWS has added “fear” to the range of emotions identified by its Amazon Rekognition facial analysis service in an update this week, drawing immediate criticism.

“We have added a new emotion, ‘fear’”, the company said in a service update on several accuracy and functionality improvements to Rekognition, adding that it now identifies eight emotions, including “angry”, “disgusted”, and “surprised”.

AWS is a major US government contractor, and protesters have targeted the company for providing infrastructure that underpins immigration operations.

AWS CTO Werner Vogels was interrupted midway through a keynote speech in July

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