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Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:18 pm
by k.d. ... 5909156865
Seems google images can't distinguish a gorilla from a negro.
In 2015, a black software developer embarrassed Google by tweeting that the company’s Photos service had labeled photos of him with a black friend as “gorillas.” Google declared itself “appalled and genuinely sorry.” An engineer who became the public face of the clean-up operation said the label gorilla would no longer be applied to groups of images, and that Google was “working on longer-term fixes.”

More than two years later, one of those fixes is erasing gorillas, and some other primates, from the service’s lexicon. The awkward workaround illustrates the difficulties Google and other tech companies face in advancing image-recognition technology, which the companies hope to use in self-driving cars, personal assistants, and other products.

WIRED tested Google Photos using a collection of 40,000 images well-stocked with animals. It performed impressively at finding many creatures, including pandas and poodles. But the service reported “no results” for the search terms “gorilla,” “chimp,” “chimpanzee,” and “monkey.” ... ins-blind/

Re: Cancel GOOGLE

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:25 pm
by k.d.
Jim Goad takes a long look back at this practice of comparing black Africans to their possible relatives. Quite interesting. ... s_jim_goad