RIP Philo

gorilla or not gorilla

Google's image recognition algorithm used in image search had a problem. It couldn't tell the difference between black people and gorillas. In fact, if you searched on the term "gorilla" you got back photos of gorillas, and also black people.

A black guy complained. Google said they were really sorry and would fix the algorithm.

After two years of research into improving the algorithm to be able to distinguish between the two, google gave up and now simply doesn't let you search for gorillas in image search.
Permalink Reality Check 
January 11th, 2018 8:30pm
BTW, that Wired article came out today. If you test their assertion and search for gorillas - you find gorillas.

#fakenews #wired
Permalink Reality Check 
January 11th, 2018 8:32pm
No. Black guys.
Permalink ,ndo 
January 11th, 2018 10:41pm
The wired article references the Google Photos service search, not the general image search.
Permalink Armchair Pedant 
January 12th, 2018 4:03am
They probably fixed it the cheap way - manually curated the images.
Permalink FSK 
January 13th, 2018 1:15pm

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