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

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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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