Thursday, July 2, 2015

Google apologizes for misidentifying a black couple as gorillas in Photos app

As impressive as facial recognition software is, it isn't perfect, and sometimes algorithm errors can lead to unintended consequences. Google discovered this in what's possibly one of the worst scenarios a company could face: Its new Photos app incorrectly labeled a black couple as "gorillas."

Google Photos has the ability to automatically tag images, using photo comparisons, big data, and other methods the intelligence software learns over time. But its accuracy is not always successful. While mistakes are unintentional, Google is facing backlash for this particular error's racist connotations, the BBC reports.

According to Jacky Alcine, the man in the photo who brought it to Google's attention, Photos didn't misclassify just one photo but an entire collection that contained him and his friend. Alcine, a software developer, made the issue public by posting the results on Twitter.

In May dogs were being classified as horses. More

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