09/06/2021 at 11:32 CEST
Artificial Intelligence is not racist. After all, they are machines that cannot have these kinds of thoughts. However, we live in a racist world, which causes them to be programmed with insurmountable biases that cause deviations that turn out to be racist.
In this case, Facebook had to apologize after its artificial intelligence placed an egregious tag on a video of black men. According to Engadget, users who recently viewed a video posted by the Daily Mail featuring black men saw a message asking if they would like it. “keep watching videos about primates”. The social network apologized for the “unacceptable error” in a statement sent to the publication. It also disabled the recommendation function that was responsible for the message.
Company spokeswoman Dani Lever said in a statement: “As we have said, although we have made improvements to our artificial intelligence, we know that it is not perfect and we have more progress to make. We apologize to everyone who has seen these recommendations. offensive “. “
Gender and racial bias in artificial intelligence is not a problem unique to the social network: facial recognition technologies are still far from perfect and they tend to misidentify minorities and women in general. Last year, fake facial recognition matches led to the wrongful arrest of two black men in Detroit. In 2015, Google Photos tagged the photos of black people as “gorillas.”, and Wired discovered a few years later that the tech giant’s solution was to censor the word “gorilla” from searches and image tags.