HP Computers Are Racist

This YouTube video is becoming a worldwide sensation with news headlines like “HP Cams Can’t See Black Faces.” The official blurb from the YouTube page:

The face tracking feature of the HP web cam will not recognize or track black faces. You have to watch this video. It is hilarious!

majestic

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  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    Consumer Reports disagrees: http://consumerist.com/2009/12/consumer-reports

    It does, however, seem like HP did very little product testing before releasing this feature. Otherwise, they would realize how this lighting glitch might play out.

  • Synapse

    Shocking report: Black people have darker skin which interferes with current tracking tech.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Dark colors absorb the scanning beam without reflecting back to the reciver (camera). They can't use a high power scan bcause that would burn your retinas. Unfortunate limitation of the technology. I'm sure they could find a way around it though. I don't think this is a case of racism, but they need to disclose the limitation when sold. I can see the disclaimer now, yeah right. Too touchy a subject to be forthcoming about. Better to play dumb, sell computers, then direct your complaints to some stone-wall help desk in a foriegn country.

  • Ruth

    Worse, even, is that the MALE keeps bossing around the FEMALE, a la “Wanda! Get back in here!”

    HP=not racist
    Men=sexists

  • Ruth

    Worse, even, is that the MALE keeps bossing around the FEMALE, a la “Wanda! Get back in here!”

    HP=not racist
    Men=sexists