On Monday, Alphabet Chief Executive, Sundar Pichai, backed proposal of banning facial-recognition technology for up to five years. According to him the technology could be used for nefarious purposes. However, Microsoft President, Brad Smith, didn’t agree to it and suggested that the ban was similar to using a meat cleaver instead of a scalpel to solve problems.
In a conference at Brussels, Pichai said that it is important for the governments and regulation bodies to tackle it and provide a framework for it. He further added that, he thinks there is a waiting period before people think about its uses and it’s up to governments to chart the course.
On the other hand, Smith cited the benefits of the technology such as in NGOs to find missing children. He further added, the technology should not be banned unless there can be an actually alternative having potential to enable us address the problem.
According to proposal paper by the European Commission, they are taking tougher line on AI than the United States in order to strengthen regulations on privacy and data rights. Out of which only a part includes a moratorium on using facial recognition technology in public areas for up to five year. This is expected to give the EU time to work out potential abuse. Regulators are encouraging innovation and simultaneously trying to curb potential misuse by figuring ways to govern AI as law enforcement agencies and many companies adopt the technology.