ONE DAY AT work last year, Lade Obamehinti encountered an algorithm that had a problem with black people.
The Facebook program manager was helping test a prototype of the company’s Portal video chat device, which uses computer vision to identify and zoom in on a person speaking. But as Obamehinti, who is black, enthusiastically described her breakfast of French toast, the device ignored her and focused instead on a colleague—a white man
Obamehinti related that experience Wednesday at Facebook’s annual developer conference. The day prior, CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed his company’s many products would become more private. WIRED