Artificial Intelligence can reflect the bias of its programmers, which is why Google announced to users that their Cloud Vision API product will no longer label images as “man” or “woman.”
In an email reported by Fast Company, Google said:
Given that a person’s gender cannot be inferred by appearance, we have decided to remove these labels in order to align with the Artificial Intelligence Principles at Google, specifically Principle #2: Avoid creating or reinforcing unfair bias.
Mozilla’s technology policy fellow Frederike Kaltheuner told Business Insider:
Classifying people as male or female assumes that gender is binary. Anyone who doesn’t fit it will automatically be misclassified and misgendered. So this is about more than just bias — a person’s gender cannot be inferred by appearance. Any AI system that tried to do that will inevitably misgender people.
From now on, images of humans will be classified as “person.”
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