Google apologises for Photos app's racist blunder

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    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33347866

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    Google says it is "appalled" that its new Photos app mistakenly labelled a black couple as being "gorillas".

    Its product automatically tags uploaded pictures using its own artificial intelligence software.

    The error was brought to its attention by a New York-based software developer who was one of the people pictured in the photos involved.

    Google was later criticised on social media because of the label's racist connotations.

    "This is 100% not OK," acknowledged Google executive Yonatan Zunger after being contacted by Jacky Alcine via Twitter.

    "[It was] high on my list of bugs you 'never' want to see happen."

    Mr Zunger said Google had already taken steps to avoid others experiencing a similar mistake.

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    Mr Alcine said the error had affected several photos in his collection
    He added it was "also working on longer-term fixes around both linguistics - words to be careful about in photos of people - and image recognition itself - eg better recognition of dark-skinned faces".

    This is not the first time Google Photos has mislabelled one species as another.

    The news site iTech Post noted that the app was tagging pictures of dogs as horses in May.

    Users are able to remove badly identified photo classifications within the app, which should help it improve its accuracy over time - a technology known as machine learning.

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    This is the funniest thing I've ever seen!!! Thank you, King October! You just made my whole night! :lo5:
     
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    I didn't want to laugh at this.
     
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    dear Lord
     
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    I guess you have more tact than I do today. I'm sorry, it literally made me laugh out loud. :dontknow:
     
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    i laughed out loud too. then i felt bad about laughing, then i thought, fuck it, it's funny.
     
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    Interesting that he made sure publicly to highlight the fact that it's his woman who in fact resembles a gorilla, and not him.

    Looks like someone will be sleeping on the couch for quite a while.
     
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    Can't it be funny AND racist?
     
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    :bigcry: i wept when i saw this abomination.
     
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    It wasn't intentional? Are you being serious?
     
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    I know that most of you aren't fans of rap music but I thought this would be appropriate...

     
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    If only there was someone to whom google answered. Or someone who answered for google! If anyone could afford to cough up one hell of a hefty sum in the name of regret, its the google!
     
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    How can you blame the software? It sure as hell looks like a gorilla to me.
     
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    does anyone have this app? I would start running through pictures of real gorillas waiting for them to be identified as "Black Person." Or you figure they are already on top of that?
     
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    the graduation picture will be more funny. because no way
     
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