When we asked Fast Company to test a number of current facial recognition products on its HireVue face recognition software, it was clear that Clearview AI, which built the website for HireVue and wrote about it recently, had the closest match to the average human. But Clearview AI also placed well in every other test. The four products had an average inaccuracy of 0.5 percent for finding individuals in a “face mask” — that’s where their eyes, nose, and mouth are — and 0.9 percent for finding people wearing facial braces. The average accuracy for the other products was 4.2 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively. The ability to accurately identify a person’s face is important because, without it, employers can not easily check an applicant’s background.
The Clearview AI product is currently only available in the Philippines. Because it’s so small, the AI tool is not typically evaluated against competing products and so different companies have different tests that have different benchmarking periods. While the product’s accuracy performance was steady compared to the other products, the quality of its findings varied. For instance, it was still able to pick up facial modifiers like Billy Mays — but if someone’s mouth is smeared, the product could not distinguish. Also, in its recent study, Clearview AI showed itself to be more accurate when it involves a larger number of faces.
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