Is The iPhone X Racist?

A woman in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing has been offered a second refund after faulty facial recognition software on two iPhone X handsets allowed her colleague to unlock them.

As The South China Morning Post reports, the woman, identified only by her surname Yan, told the Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation that despite activating and configuring each phone’s facial recognition software, her work colleague was able to get into both devices on every attempt.

Yan said the first time it happened, she called the Apple hotline, but the staff would not believe her.

Shen then went with her colleague to the nearest Apple store, where her colleague used facial recognition on the phone to demonstrate the issue to staff, according to the report.

The store said the camera might be faulty and gave Yan a refund. But the new iPhone X that she bought also had the same problem, prompting the shop to offer another refund, the report said.

No details were given about whether the woman decided to purchase a third iPhone X. Apple did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

So the question is... does the iPhone X (or its operating system) think all young Chinese women look the same? ... and therefore, is it racist?


Tarzan Deathrips Mon, 12/18/2017 - 07:01 Permalink

I once told a co-worker I didn't understand his chinglish.  It didn't matter that he had just jokingly said he didn't understand my English, he was very upset, and wouldn't speak to me for days.  I was mystified?  Days later he told me how upset he was, that I had called him Chinese.  He was Vietnamese, and no matter how I tried explaining that chinglish was a generic term, not specifically used for Chinese, he was having non of it!  Racism is not a US phenomenon, try opening a Chinese restaurant in Vietnam....Anyone who willingly helps Apple build a facial recognition data base for the Police State is a fool!

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Come On Puu See Mon, 12/18/2017 - 02:18 Permalink


jack stephan Mon, 12/18/2017 - 02:31 Permalink

Of course, air, sand, any kinds of gravels are very racist, water too. The sky and space is the only place left.Anyone you met or read about was racist, even during any precious family pictures and happenings like birthdays. .  Again, any plants or stucco building ever was surrounded by racists or wall building racists.Hahaha, fuck youWe Don't care, your corny ten years deep corny

I Write Code Mon, 12/18/2017 - 02:24 Permalink

Are their fingerprints also similar?  LOL.   That's what they get for having their eyes just so far apart and an equal distance from the end of their noses.  Maybe if they slap each other around for a few minutes they can individualize each other.  Apple makes products "for the rest of us", but not necessarily them.  ROFLMAO

TheSilentMajority Mon, 12/18/2017 - 02:57 Permalink

The problem was not that the facial recognition software failed, rather it was this Apple error message that popped up on the iphone screen:

“Ewar 404. Ho yee fook. sun ting wong.”

Dwarsligger Mon, 12/18/2017 - 03:04 Permalink

Neither the faulty technology nor the racial aspects are the issue here. It's the biometrics.

Last June, at the United nations ID2020 Platform for Change Summit, a host of business leaders, NGOs and clever technological people put their heads together to see how biometrics could serve as an intermediary step towards giving every global citizen a 'digital financial identity' INSIDE their body.

David Treat, Accenture's MD, said: "I appreciate the point that biometrics is on the way out". No kidding. He then refers to a "a token, a necklace as a device" but doesn't specify.

These people have summit after summit, but never really say what they really mean. What do they mean when they say that vaccinations are the 'Entry Point' for giving every global citizen a number that will access their whole life via their mobile phone? Are they going to give every newborn baby a mobile phone at the point of vaccination?

No. The mobiles are only going to be readers (as well as tracking & tracing and listening devices, which they already are) for accessing bank accounts, driving license, health data, DNA and family information and so on.

Biometrics are bad enough, people, but they are only a step to train us into accepting our bodies as a number in the system.

What if your identity was always in your hands?…

Tugg McFancy Mon, 12/18/2017 - 04:53 Permalink


nati Mon, 12/18/2017 - 05:43 Permalink

Oh man, I can't wait for the Internet of Things to go live, I am sure there won't be any hiccups like this when we are all connected to everything else!

any_mouse nati Mon, 12/18/2017 - 06:33 Permalink

IoT already is live.

Those wireless cameras, home routers, etc. have been hacked for a while now.

Anything simple and cheap that has an IP address is like a drunk chick in a frat house.

They come with minimal or no security. No security updates.

With tech knowledge and the will and time to work at it, they can be more secure. Way beyond most people. Like setting VCR & microwave clocks. "Do I have to?"

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PT Conscious Reviver Mon, 12/18/2017 - 10:34 Permalink

The alternative is to program your computers to transmit random gibberish 100% of the time.  Let it fill up their hard drives.  Let them waste resources trying to "decypher" it. (All well and good until they take you to court, claiming they have found your "key" - just meaning they picked some number that turns the random gibberish into something incriminating.)

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JuicedGamma Mon, 12/18/2017 - 05:56 Permalink

Another fail for AI. Remember how bad the first voice recognition was?

Where was QA on this? You could see it coming, they probably tested it on themselves.