Microsoft’s takes responsible leadership position on AI

Microsoft’s takes responsible leadership position on AI

Microsoft Takes a Responsible Leadership Position on AI, Retires Emotion Recognition Tool

Microsoft has made the decision to retire and revamp its AI tool, Azure Face, which had the capability to not only recognize facial features but also identify emotions. This move comes in response to concerns raised by experts who believe that such tools violate human rights.

In line with its commitment to responsible AI, Microsoft has recently published an updated version of its Responsible AI Standard. The company aims to ensure that AI is a positive force in the world and acknowledges that Azure Face had the potential to be misused.

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While Azure Face will no longer be accessible to the public, Microsoft recognizes the value of controlled access for specific purposes, such as assisting the visually impaired. However, certain features of the AI tool, such as the ability to recognize individuals based on gender, age, hair, and facial expression, have been removed due to concerns about potential misuse by cyber criminals for impersonation and fraud.

In addition to the changes in Azure Face, Microsoft is also imposing limitations on which businesses can access its Custom Neural Voice service, a text-to-speech app known for its lifelike capabilities. This move further demonstrates Microsoft's commitment to responsible AI practices and protecting user privacy.

In related news, Microsoft is also enhancing its email service in Microsoft 365 to improve security against phishing scams. The Tenant Allow Block List feature, which previously allowed users to block contacts, will now also have an additional control that prevents emails from being sent to blocked contacts. This added layer of security is a timely measure to counter the increasing danger of phishing scams.

The new feature is expected to be available for preview soon and will be fully rolled out by the end of the month. If you are concerned about the email security of your business, do not hesitate to get in touch with Microsoft for assistance.

Microsoft's responsible leadership position on AI, as reflected in the retirement and revamping of Azure Face, as well as the enhanced security measures in its email service, highlights the company's commitment to ensuring that AI is developed and used in a responsible and ethical manner, with a focus on protecting user privacy and security.

With phishing scams becoming increasingly more dangerous, it’s not a moment too soon in our view.

In the meantime, if you’re concerned about your business’s email security, get in touch. or use the link below to check if your email may have been breached.

This Article is about: Microsoft's Leadership Position on AI | Author: Dennis Jones | CT Business Solutions | Last Updated 09/04/2023

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