„Racist“ Algorithm tells Asian to open his eyes

A screenshot of New Zealand man Richard Lee's passport photo rejection notice, supplied to Reuters December 7, 2016.   Richard Lee/Handout via REUTERS

Ein „rassistischer“ Gesichtserkennungs-Algorithmus verweigert den Passbild-Upload eines Asiaten wegen angeblich geschlossener Augen.

Richard Lee's attempt to renew his passport was blocked after he submitted the picture to an online passport photo checker run by New Zealand's department of internal affairs. The automated system told the 22-year-old engineering student the photo was invalid because his eyes were closed, even though they were clearly open, according to a copy of the notification posted on social media site Facebook.

"No hard feelings on my part, I've always had very small eyes and facial recognition technology is relatively new and unsophisticated," Lee told Reuters. "It was a robot, no hard feelings. I got my passport renewed in the end."