IBM releases image data to improve facial recognition AI

Diverse faces in a crowd of people
A crowd of people in England. Photo: Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images.

IBM plans to release more than 1 million facial images to help better train the artificial intelligence behind facial recognition systems.

Why it matters: The risk of bias being built into AI systems is a major hurdle for all companies developing facial analysis algorithms to, for example, recognize different skin colors and other attributes in a non-discriminatory way. Since AI is only as good as the data that trains it, IBM thinks making a diverse dataset available will help root out bias.