Microsoft GPS patent for avoiding high crime areas sparks controversy

Controversy over a new Microsoft patent has people questioning whether or not the intention has racist undertones, By Tech Talk, CBS News, January 9, 2012

CNET reported that Microsoft has been granted a U.S. patent that will steer pedestrians away from areas that are high in crime. … According to Microsoft’s claims, your Windows 7 smartphone would gather “information related to pedestrian travel include maps (e.g., extracted from a database), user history, weather information, crime statistics, demographic information.”… The part of this patent should raise concern is the section that state a device could be programmed to integrate an “advertisement component” with a set of directions. …

For full text of the article, visit Microsoft “avoid ghetto” patent sparks controversy – Tech Talk – CBS News.

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