Hewlett Packard and their big old racist computer

22 December 2009

Hewlett Packard have developed a new rootin’ tootin’ MediaSmart supercomputer with a built-in face tracking device as part of its camera. Wow – now the camera will follow you around the room whenever you’re making a video call or performing a live online sex show. That’s some grand technology there for sure.

Slight problem though – it doesn’t seem to work if you’re black. That’s the conclusion that Desi, the black (are we allowed to say that?) star of this YouTube video has reached. Here we see as he tests out the face-tracking device with the help of his white (we’re still allowed to say that though, surely?) co-worker Wanda.

The camera follows Wanda around like it’s a bee and she’s the nectar, but for poor Desi (who has actually bought the damned thing) there’s nothing. The MediaSmart isn't interested. It’s like he and his people don’t even exist. Did Martin Luther King really die for THIS?

HP have said that they’re aware of the problem and that they’re looking into it. Looking into it just like poor black Desi – let’s hope HP can get it sorted before we have another LA riot on our hands, eh readers?

TOPICS:   Gadgets

15 comments

  • Anonymous
    http://www.tv.com/better-off-ted/racial-sensitivity/episode/1260542/summary.html Hmmm
    • Andy D.
      Hmmm indeed. Great series though.
  • Nobby
    Hopefully someone will buy him some foundation for christmas. Whiten up, increase the contrast between your skin and your facial features and their shadows and your software will work.
  • Ok
    he said the N word!
  • Junkyard
    Trust HP to invent an auto-zooming webcam, and then make it focus on the user's *face*. Talk about missing the point.
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  • goon
    why not just put a pillow case on his head and cut 2 eye holes out
  • oliverreed
    Thank fuck they haven't scanned a 'Ginge' in yet, the results could be catastrophic....
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  • neal
    I was going to post the better off ted link too - this is exactly that. In (the hilarious) Better Off Ted, all the doors, lifts etc. are set to work on face recognition, but fail as above. They 'solve' it by hiring by hiring white guys to follow the black guys around. But then get done for the 'whites' only policy of hiring for that particular job,. So they hire more black guys.......
  • Haleema
    Nobby and Goon(gosh that sounds weird!) are being racist
  • goon
    i am black you god damn honkey
  • goon
    or am i ?
  • Rob
    It;'s not that it doesn't recognise black people. Only ugliness.
  • Sioux s.
    So what about hispanic people or somebody with skin tones somewhere in the "middle"

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