Google AI created images of non-white Nazi soldiers

Google no longer allows its Gemini AI software to create images of people after showing users non-white Nazi soldiers and American settlers. The internet company admitted that in some cases the depiction did not fit the historical context. This feature was still unavailable on Friday. At the same time, Google has fundamentally advocated for diversity in AI images. But in this particular case they overshot the mark.

Three weeks ago, Google Gemini got a new function for creating images from text features. Other similar software based on artificial intelligence also have this capability.

In recent years, there have been frequent problems with stereotypes and discrimination in various applications made with artificial intelligence. For example, facial recognition software was initially poor at recognizing black people. When AI created images, initially they often depicted white people.

That’s why developers at other companies are striving for more diversity in different scenarios. Sometimes – as in this case – they are caught between two fronts: In the US in particular, there is a vocal movement denouncing allegations of racism against white people, including from tech billionaire Elon Musk.

In a blog post published Friday, Google explained that it had failed to program exceptions for situations where diversity was simply unwarranted. The resulting images were “embarrassing and wrong.” At the same time, over time, the software became overly cautious and refused to meet some requirements. But if users wanted to view images of a “white vet with a dog,” the program would have to do so. Google executive Prabhakar Raghavan emphasized that the errors were unintentional.

At the same time, Google manager Raghavan emphasized that software with artificial intelligence will continue to be faulty sometimes for now. “I cannot promise that Gemini will occasionally produce embarrassing, inaccurate, or disturbing results,” he wrote. However, if there is a problem, Google will intervene quickly.

(APA/dpa)

Source: Vienna

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