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Google to fix Gemini AI after ‘woke’ criticism

Google's Gemini AI language model on a phone screen

Google is trying to fix its AI image creation tool Gemini after criticisms that it was over-correcting to avoid racial bias.

Users said cases where the bot produced inaccurate depictions, like presenting women and ethnic minorities as America's founding fathers, which is historically inaccurate.

The tech giant admitted the tool was not meeting expectations in certain contexts.

Google has now announced plans to refine its image generation capabilities, particularly how it portrays people.

Jack Krawczyk, Senior Director for Gemini Experiences at Google, said: "Gemini's AI image generation does generate a wide range of people. 

“And that's generally a good thing because people around the world use it. But it's missing the mark here.

"We're working to improve these kinds of depictions immediately." 

Google has temporarily halted Gemini's ability to create images of people as it seeks a solution to these concerns.

Nearly ten years ago, Google apologized when its photo app mistakenly labeled a picture of a black couple as "gorillas."

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Similarly, OpenAI faced accusations of reinforcing harmful stereotypes when its Dall-E image generator produced images of white men in response to queries for a CEO.

Google introduced the latest iteration of Gemini to showcase its advancements in AI.

However, the tool's tendency to produce "woke" content has sparked controversy.

Critics argue it fails to recognize white people or accurately depict historical figures according to their traditional racial and gender identities.

Computer scientist Debarghya Das said: "It's embarrassingly hard to get Google Gemini to acknowledge that white people exist." 

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