Does HP make racist computers?

Um…it’s very interesting what people attribute racism to.  Now the facial recognition on Hewlett Packard computers.  Let me just say this is a set up for a stupid racial joke that would go something like…”I thought it would be easier to find the whites of their big ole eyes against their dark backdrop.”  Yes, yes I know I’m wrong.  Anyway, check out the video from Black Desi that is making the claim.

San Francisco – Hewlett Packard, the world’s largest maker of personal computers, said Tuesday that it was investigating a claim that its computers are ‘racist’ because they recognize the facial movements of white users better than those of black ones.

The issue was raised in an anonymous YouTube video that quickly went viral as someone calling themselves Black Desi demonstrated the effectiveness of HP’s facial recognition software.

The built-in PC camera, which is designed to follow individuals’ head movements, fails to track Desi as he moves in and out of the picture, but perfectly follows his white co-worker, Wanda, when she enters the scene.

‘As soon as my blackness enters the frame, it stopped,’ says Desi, who appears to be amused, rather than annoyed, at the limitation. ‘Black Desi gets in there, no face recognition anymore buddy. I’m going on the record and I’m saying it, Hewlett-Packard computers are racist. ‘

In a blog posting, HP officials said they were investigating the claim. ‘We believe that the camera might have difficulty ‘seeing’ contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting,’ wrote HP social media strategist Tony ‘Frosty’ Welch.

‘Everything we do is focused on ensuring that we provide a high- quality experience for all our customers, who are ethnically diverse and live and work around the world.’

Source: http://www.monstersandcritics.com

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2 Responses to Does HP make racist computers?

  1. Scott

    “Um…it’s very interesting what people attribute racism to.”

    Clearly you aren’t paying attention to the real world if you really believe that. People attribute things to racism all the time, so much so that I think real racism gets lost or isn’t taken as serious due to all of the silly claims.

  2. I totally agree with Scott. When I first saw the video I saw the humor in it, however jokes aside, I can’t see a realistic scenario where HP purposely introduced a discriminating piece of hardware. I would never believe this to be an overt act of racism. Now whether or not HP had an appropriately diverse set of subjects testing the hardware, that I would question; however, not before I logically questioned whether the model used in the original youtube video had a hardware problem unique to that unit itself. But to jump straight to a racist HP…that’s so ridiculous it’s funny. I can see the SNL skit now.

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