AI-generated gender labels for images are being removed by Google and being instead replaced by the word "person." The AI, which the tech giant provides to developers, is making the politically correct change after it was decided “a person’s gender cannot be inferred by appearance.”
Business Insider reveals that in an email sent out by the company, the Cloud Vision API tool will ditch the suggestion terms of “man” and woman.” The AI, which is used to detect faces and landmarks as well as flag explicit content will undergo the change so as to fall in line with Google’s mantra of not having a “human bias.”
The AI is constantly being shaped so as to avoid algorithms making incorrect assumptions. The company fears consumers being misgendered in photos of themselves if they don’t look typically male or female. In Google’s own words, the aim is to “avoid unjust impacts on people,” particularly in regards to “sensitive characteristics.”
Back in 2018, Google unveiled its AI principles, which were the result of protest from employees, largely with the aim of targeting bias, oversight, and ethical issues in general as the technology continues to advance.
It’s not the first time Google’s AI has hit headlines. Back in 2015, it was reported the recognition algorithm in Google Photos was labeling black people as “gorillas.”
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