A video posted on YouTube shows HP’s facial recognition software tracking the movements of a white face, but not a black one, something the video’s maker calls "racist" but the computer giant says is definitely not, MSNBC reports. A Texas man, Desi Cryer, who is black, was at work in a retail store with a fellow employee who is white when the two recorded a test of the facial recognition software on a new HP computer and posted the result on YouTube. Cryer got in front of the webcam, moved back and forth, and said, "It’s supposed to follow me as I move–I’m black–I think my blackness is interfering with the computer’s ability to follow me." The camera did not track his movements. His co-worker, Wanda, got into the frame, and "you immediately see what I’m talking about," Cryer said. "Now as you can see, the camera is panning to show Wanda’s face, it’s following her around … but as soon as my blackness enters the frame, it stops." HP’s blog says, "We thank Desi, and the people who have seen and commented on his video, for bringing this subject to our attention. We are working with our partners to learn more." The company goes on to say that the technology it uses is built on standard algorithms that measure the difference in contrast between the eyes and the upper cheek and nose, and that the camera might have difficulty observing this contrast when there is insufficient foreground lighting…

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