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Google apologizes photo app tagged black couple 'gorillas'

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  1. Bonjiek Dakoykoy

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    [​IMG]Google apologized after an identification program in its new photo app put a "gorillas" label on a picture of ablack couple.

    "We're appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened," a Google representative said late Wednesday in an email to AFP.

    "We are taking immediate action to prevent this type of result from appearing."

    Google apologized and went to work fixing the problem earlier in the week after the offensive blunder was pointed out in a Twitter message from @JackyAlcine.

    "Google Photos, y'all (messed) up," Jacky Alcine said in a series of emphatic messages.

    "My friend's not a gorilla."

    Google released its overhauled photo app for smartphones in May, touting it as a major advancement in sorting, organizing, and handling pictures.

    Google engineer Yonatan Zunger put the blame for the labeling on the artificial intelligence software designed to let machines learn how to recognize places, people and objects in pictures.

    "Sheesh," Zunger said in the exchange of Twitter messages. "High on my list of bugs you never want to see happen. Shudder."

    Zunger told of problems such as not seeing faces in pictures at all, or even identifying some people as dogs.

    Picture recognition has proven challenging for computers and numerous companies are working on programs to improve identification.

    Google and Facebook are among Silicon Valley technology giants investing heavily in artificial intelligence to get machines to think more like the way people do.

    "There is still clearly a lot of work to do with automatic image labeling, and we're looking at how we can prevent these types of mistakes from happening in the future," the Google representative said of the photo gaffe.

    "I understand how this happens," Alcine said in the online exchange. "The problem is more so on the why."

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  2. Bonjiek Dakoykoy

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    Damage is done even if Google already apologized. I couldn't imagine the impact of this to their social life. I think apologizing isn't enough. What do you think?
     
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    Really Google did that? That's a racial discrimination right? They should think before they posted such as that. Even apology will be accepted but the impact it had caused to these people cannot be easily erased especially that it is published publicly around the world. So what they gained after that? It's just to ruin their reputation in order to gain public attention?
     
  4. Bonjiek Dakoykoy

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    It's I think unintentional. This is one of the flaws of their photo identification program. They should have tested so well their application before launching it. Up to these days, image recognition remains a challenge to them to make it perfect.
     
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    I can't believe someone actually got offended by this. To an early version of something that's eventually going to be really complicated, this type of mistake is completely understandable. It's totally fine to point it out to Google so they can learn from it, but that's as far as this should go. For people to make a big deal out of this is 100% looking for something to get angry about. Nobody believes the computer was programmed for Google to be intentionally racist, so what's the big issue here? I don't get it. How can you get all cranky about something when there were no bad intentions behind it. Of course Google didn't set out to offend black people. It's a mistake, they recognize it...Nothing to see here
     
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    Even if it's unintentional because it's the magic of how a new computer app that labels people faces into an animal?I could not find it as excuse even for some this turns out to be funny on their side but my concern goes to those people who are affected. If it happens too that they are my relatives then I don't know what kind of reaction I should throw to Google for making up this mess! That's not funny nor interesting. They must fix or shut off that app in order to stop offending people.
     
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    If they can't make it perfect and will cause a kind of discrimination or violent reactions from the people involved, yes better fix the bug first before launching again. Well, we always do mistake but the ground depends on what have been done and how sorry we are for what happened. It only shows to us that everything in this world has limitations, no matter how advanced our knowledge or our technology is, there's still limitation.
     

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