Glynnis MacNicol questions what we are giving up in using our face to log-in to our phone or sharing online. He suggests that we should become face-less:
Everyone get your faces offline. Yes, I can’t … What evidence is there that this is a good idea? I mean, really? Is there literally any evidence that this is going to benefit us? Let me ask you, why would you post a selfie?
That has me again thinking about the use of such platforms as Facebook and Instagram to share school-based images.
For Adam Harvey, it comes back to race:
I tell people that facial recognition is really racial recognition, plus some additional metadata.
In an article in the New Yorker, Joy Buolamwini suggests that this is a coded gaze:
Just as the male gaze sees the world on its own terms, as a place made for men’s pleasure, the coded gaze sees everything according to the data sets on which its creators trained it.
This is very much a part of the discussion of ethics in the new machine age.