Alphabet's Google told Reuters this week it was developing an alternative to standard methods for classifying skin tone, which technology researchers and dermatologists say is insufficient to assess whether the product is biased. The question is a six-tone scale known as the Fitzpatrick Skin Type (FST) that dermatologists have been using since the 1970s. Tech companies now rely on it to categorize people and measure whether products like facial recognition systems or smartwatch heart rate sensors perform equally well on skin tone. Critics say the FST, which includes four categories for "white" and one each for "black" and "brown", ignores diversity among people of color. During the Federal Conference on Technological Standards last October, researchers from the US Department of Homeland Security recommended ignoring FST for assessing facial recognition because it maps color gamuts poorly in different populations. In response to a Reuters question about FST, Google first told its colleagues that it was quietly pursuing a better course of action. "We are working on alternative, more inclusive measures that could be useful in developing our products, and we will be working with experts and scientific and medical groups working with diverse communities," the company said, declining to provide details about efforts to call. . The controversy is part of a greater reliance on racism and diversity in the tech industry, where the workforce is whiter than in sectors such as finance. Ensuring technology works well for all skin tones, ages and genders is becoming increasingly important as new products, often based on Artificial Intelligence (AI), penetrate sensitive and regulated areas such as healthcare and law enforcement . https://aopa.com.au/advert/dragon-ball-z-kakarot-switching-port-comes-with-a-new-power-wake-up-kit/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/worms-rumble-gets-release-date-change-and-exclusive-suit/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/monster-hunter-stories-2-wings-of-ruin-explains-how-monsters-work/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/xbox-publishes-over-40-game-demonstrations/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/fatal-frame-maiden-of-black-water-switching-port-confirmed-with-new-content/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/the-legend-of-zelda-game-and-watch-comes-with-three-classic-games/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/danganronpa-decadence-combines-three-games-from-the-together-on-switch-series/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/advance-wars-1-and-2-remakes-await-nintendo-switch/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/mario-golf-super-rush-get-free-updates-including-the-super-mario-odyssey-course/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/nintendo-introduces-stylized-figures-by-samus-and-emmi-amiibo-for-metroid-dread/ https://aopa.com.au/advert/life-is-strange-remastered-and-true-colors-confirmed-for-nintendo-switch/ Companies know their products can be flawed for a group that is underrepresented in research and test data. FST's concern is that the limited range for darker skins could lead to technologies that work on golden brown skins, for example, but fail on espresso reds.