Google Apologizes After App AI Labels Black People As ‘Gorillas’

Posted: July 1, 2015 in Tech
Tags: , , ,

SAN FRANCISCO — Google has apologized after its new Photos application identified black people as “gorillas.”

On Sunday Brooklyn programmer Jacky Alciné tweeted a screenshot of photos he had uploaded in which the app had labeled Alcine and a friend, both African American, “gorillas.”

Image recognition software is still a nascent technology but its use is spreading quickly. Google launched its Photos app at Google I/O in May, touting its machine-learning smarts to recognize people, places and events on its own.

Yontan Zunger, an engineer and the company’s chief architect of Google+, responded swiftly to Alciné on Twitter: “This is 100% Not OK.” And he promised that Google’s Photos team was working on a fix.

Full Story @ [USA Today]

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s