Perspectives on Race

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HP’s web cams are racist

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I don’t know if this video was made as a joke or if it is actually true, but I find it to be very funny. Apparently, a black male bought a new Hp computer with web cam or a face tracking software that is suppose to follow him whenever he moves and he claimed that the web cam is racist or HP is racist because their web cam doesn’t recognize his face or as he put it that the web cam doesn’t recognize any black person face. He actually did a little demonstration where ha had one of his white female co-worker along with him come in front of the web cam just to point out the difference. When he sat in front of the web cam you can clearly see that the web cam didn’t recognize his face, but as soon as the white female came in front of the web cam, you can clearly see the difference as to how the camera recognize her face and panned back and forth as she moved in all directions away from the web cam. This is a link to the video.


Written by jobyjob

February 5, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. There was a similar situation when an Asian family tried to take a photo using the face detection feature on a Nikon Coolpix camera, and the screen flashed “Did someone blink” it wasn’t until a family member opened their eyes wider did the message disappear. I don’t know who is modeling for these face detection features, but for some odd reason they’re not reading the facial features of minorities.


    February 7, 2010 at 4:38 am

  2. I truly find this video hilarious and sad at the same time.It probably was not the goal of the web cam makers to have a racist camera. They just set it up to only recognize certain features that not everyone in the world has. I am certain that they did not use a minority as a model while they were making the camera.


    February 8, 2010 at 2:26 am

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