Wired: When It Comes To Gorillas, Google Photos Remains Blind

Wired: When It Comes To Gorillas, Google Photos Remains Blind. “IN 2015, A black software developer embarrassed Google by tweeting that the company’s Photos service had labeled photos of him with a black friend as ‘gorillas.’ Google declared itself ‘appalled and genuinely sorry.’ An engineer who became the public face of the clean-up operation said the label gorilla would no longer be applied to groups of images, and that Google was ‘working on longer-term fixes.’ More than two years later, one of those fixes is erasing gorillas, and some other primates, from the service’s lexicon. The awkward workaround illustrates the difficulties Google and other tech companies face in advancing image-recognition technology, which the companies hope to use in self-driving cars, personal assistants, and other products.” The comments (I don’t recommend reading them) miss the point: if Google and other tech companies want to deploy AI for every last thing, it absolutely cannot wallpaper over problematic results simply by censoring the words that are causing the problems.

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