Facebook apologized for a “clearly unacceptable error” after the Artificial Intelligence they programmed labeled a picture of Black men as primates, in other words, monkeys. The Daily Mail originally posted a video to Facebook in June 2020 titled: “White man calls cops on black men at the marina.” The video gained nearly 10 million views. At the end of the video, Facebook asked people if they wanted to see other videos of primates.
Humans are really primates, but the normal definition of primates is, of course, monkeys, lemurs, and apes. Former Facebook content design manager Darci Groves noticed the prompt and noted it on Twitter.
Facebook spokesperson Dani Lever said in a statement:
“This was clearly an unacceptable error and we disabled the entire topic recommendation feature as soon as we realized this was happening so we could investigate the cause and prevent this from happening again.”
“As we have said, while we have made improvements to our AI we know it’s not perfect and we have more progress to make. We apologize to anyone who may have seen these offensive recommendations.”
In July 2020, Facebook announced that it had launched new equity teams to make sure their racism wasn’t showing. This is not the first time IA has been embarrassed like this. In 2015, Google’s Photo app tagged photos of black people as “gorillas.”
— The Independent (@Independent) July 4, 2015
Google has had trouble before. If you search for Black teenagers, you got mugshots but if you searched white teens, you got smiling faces.
— Geoff Herbert (@deafgeoff) June 10, 2016
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In April, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission warned that artificial intelligence technology “can produce troubling outcomes – including discrimination by race or other legally protected classes.” The FTC threatened companies, “Hold yourself accountable— or be ready for the FTC to do it for you.”
I guess Facebook artificial intelligence is the same as the Democrat’s artificial intelligence. What both needs is real intelligence. The difference is Facebook and Google may finally find it. The Democrats is really just a lost cause. Examples of that are Nancy Pelosi, Eric Swalwell, and Maxine Waters.