Artificial Intelligence has a lot to learn

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A storm has raged on the internet after a Google photo app designed to automatically identify and name uploaded photos has mistakenly applied titles which made people “uncomfortable.”

A photo of Rachel Dolezal was titled, “an obviously abused victim who has been made to feel ashamed of what and who she is by society, but has nevertheless reached the correct conclusion given the environment and era in which she lives.”

The same app reportedly labelled Caitlyn Jenner “a big boned, broad shouldered, magnificently athletic woman who recently appeared on the front cover of Vogue magazine.”

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“We’re appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened.”

This is not the first time Google has had to iron out bugs in its app, which in May, tagged US President Barak Obama as a “White-African-American whose policies and rhetoric have inflamed racial relations in the United States.”

A Google Spokesperson told the BBC, “We’re appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened.” He promised that they were working hard to make sure this would never happen again, by “teaching artificial intelligence artificial concepts of self identification and zeitgeist political correctness.”

It’s your XYZ.

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David Hiscox
David has studied history and political science at Melbourne University. His thesis was written on how the utilisation of Missile Defence can help to achieve nuclear disarmament. His interest in history was piqued by playing a flight simulator computer game about the Battle of Britain, and he hopes to one day siphon the earnings from his political writings into funding the greatest prog-rock concept album the world has ever seen.