Google seems extremely apologetic after labeling two black people as Gorillas in its new photo app.
The photo app service unleashed in May, tags uploaded pictures automatically, utilizing its own artificial intelligence software.
“Google Photos, y’all fucked up. My friend’s not a gorilla,” Jacky Alciné tweeted on Sunday after a photo of him and a friend was mislabelled as “gorillas” by the app.
— diri noir avec banan (@jackyalcine)
Google Photos, y’all fucked up. My friend’s not a gorilla. pic.twitter.com/SMkMCsNVX4
Right after, Yonatan Zunger, chief Architect of social at Google approached Acline. Zunger tweeted to Acline
“Big thanks for helping us fix this: it makes a real difference,”
He went to clarifying that such issues in image recognition usually occur due to obscured faced and the various contrast processing which is needed for lighting and different skin tones.
“We used to have a problem with people (of all races) being tagged as dogs, for similar reasons,” he said. “We’re also working on longer-term fixes around both linguistics (words to be careful about in photos of people) and image recognition itself (e.g., better recognition of dark-skinned faces). Lots of work being done and lots still to be done, but we’re very much on it.”
Racist tags have also remained an issue for Google Maps. Earlier this year also people have been browsing “nigger house” universally and browsing for “nigger king” in Washington DC gave out results for the White House, US president, Barack Obama. Earlier at that time as well as today, Google said sorry and claimed that its working towards fixing this issue.
“We’re appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened,” a Google spokeswoman told BBC on Wednesday. “We are taking immediate action to prevent this type of result from appearing. There is still clearly a lot of work to do with automatic image labelling, and we’re looking at how we can prevent these types of mistakes from happening in the future.”
Google is not the sole podium that is trying to fix bugs in its ‘automatic image labelling’.
DuringMay, Flickr’s auto-tagging system too was scrutinized after it tagged photos of black people with tags such as “ape” and “animal”. The system also labelled images of concentration camps with “sport” or “jungle gym”.
“We are aware of issues with inaccurate auto-tags on Flickr and are working on a fix. While we are very proud of this advanced image-recognition technology, we’re the first to admit there will be mistakes and we are constantly working to improve the experience,” A Flickr representative claimed at the time.