Facial Recognition Mistakes Boston Pro Athletes for Criminals

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts conducted a test of facial recognition technology to identify 188 New England athletes. The test misidentified 28, matching them to mugshots in the arrest photo database.

The facial recognition technology is called “Amazon Rekognition,” and was unveiled by the company in 2016.

“Amazon Rekognition is based on the same proven, highly scalable, deep learning technology,” states the website. “Developed by Amazon’s computer vision scientists to analyze billions of images and videos daily and requires no machine learning expertise to use.”

The test included official headshots of well-known athletes from the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots and compared them with 20,000 public arrest photos.