British police are preparing to test a face recognition system that displays people's moods by analyzing videos.
Lincolnshire police will be able to use the system to search for specific moods and facial expressions, according to the London Times. It will also allow people looking for hats and goggles, or carrying bags and umbrellas.
Funding for the project comes from the Ministry of Interior. A police spokesman he stated to the Times that all videos will be deleted after 31 days. The ministry also said it would conduct an investigation to assess the protection of human rights and privacy before the trial before giving the green light.
However, there are already critics who say that the system will violate personal privacy.
"Huge sums of money are available from the Ministry of Interior for this technology which faces legal problems, as it violates human rights", he stated Silkie Carlo, director of the Big Brother Watch civil liberties group.
Police have not yet explained how the system will work. The AI that allows emotional detection is estimated to be a $ 20 billion market, but there is very little scientific evidence that this technology really works.
In December 2019, the AI Now research institute called on regulators to ban technology from decisions that affect people's lives, as the field is "highly volatile".
"As these technologies evolve, a large number of studies show that there is no substantial evidence that humans have this consistent relationship between the emotion they feel and the way their face looks," said AI Now co-founder. Kate Crawford on the BBC at at the end of last year.