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Question: Can a webcam be racist?

Answer: Probably not.

However, it certainly can discriminate based on color, as this Youtube video proves. Two co-workers, Wanda and Desi, one White woman and one African-American man of a darker hue, demonstrate the failure of Hewlett Packard to create a webcam that can track folks with dark skin.

Could the failure be a snafu caused by lighting or just a failure of R & D to test their camera out on non-whites? I would have loved to have seen if the camera failed to track other people of color and to see at exactly what shade of brown it stopped working properly.  I wonder what HP will have to say about this development. From this point it’s only a matter of time before the “Racist Webcam” ends up as a skit on Saturday Night Live.

Check out the video below and tell us what you think. It might be funny if it weren’t such a big FAIL for HP.

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