Microsoft is taking a responsible leadership position on AI


It is no secret that AI is sometimes criticised by experts who believe aspects violate human rights. Well, Microsoft is taking a responsible leadership position on AI. Not only has Microsoft just published the updated version of its Responsible AI Standard but have recognised Azure Face has the potential to be misused. These are not the only changes that Microsoft is making, with further products and features also being previewed and expected to be available soon they really are taking a responsible leadership position on AI to the benefit of their users.

Microsoft has decided to retire and rework an AI tool that could not only recognise our facial features, but also identify our mood.

Azure Face is an emotion recognition tool. These tools are highly criticised by experts who believe they violate human rights.

Microsoft has just published the updated version of its Responsible AI Standard.

It wants AI to be a positive force in the world, and says it recognised Azure Face has the potential to be misused.

It seems like it is not goodbye for good, instead more of a goodbye for now for the AI facial recognition technology though. Although the public won’t be able to access it, Microsoft sees the value of controlled access for specific needs, for example, assistance for the visually impaired.

One thing that has been removed is the AI’s ability to recognise individuals based on their gender, age, hair, and even facial expression. The concern here is that the feature could be used by cybercriminals to impersonate individuals and commit fraud.

Microsoft is not only making changes to Azure Face, but it is also limiting which businesses can access its Custom Neural Voice service. This is a text-to-speech app that is said to be very lifelike.

In further related news, these are not the only new steps that Microsoft is taking right now to help protect us from fraud and threats.

It is also adding new features to its email service in Microsoft 365, that improve how something called Tenant Allow Block List works.

Previously, this was a feature that allowed people to block contacts. If a blocked contact tried to email you, the email would not reach you.

Now, Microsoft is previewing an additional control that allows you to stop emails from being sent to these blocked contacts, too.

This means that the threat of being caught out by a phishing scam is reduced, giving you another layer of security as part and parcel of your Microsoft 365 subscription.

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

The feature should go into preview soon, and is expected to be available by the end of the month.

In the meantime, if you are concerned about your business’s email security, get in touch.

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