Google Vows to Fix Gemini’s Image Generation After Controversy!

Google paused the image generation of Gemini following racially biased image results controversy.
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February 23, 2024 – Google has acknowledged and pledged to address concerns surrounding inaccuracies and biases in image generation by its latest AI model, Gemini.

This follows widespread criticism from researchers and ethicists who identified problematic outputs, including stereotypical portrayals and factual errors.

While this new chatbot is impressive in its capabilities, it has been found to generate images that perpetuate harmful stereotypes and contain inaccurate information.

For example, prompts requesting images of “a doctor” often resulted in pictures of white males, while prompts for “a CEO” predominantly generated images of men.

Additionally, factual errors were identified, such as images depicting historical figures with incorrect clothing or hairstyles.

On Going Critics Of Gemini

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Critics highlighted additional concerns including its refusal to depict Caucasians, avoidance of showing churches in San Francisco out of respect for indigenous sensitivities, and omission of sensitive historical events like Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Acknowledging the backlash, Jack Krawczyk, the product lead for Google’s Gemini Experiences, addressed the issue and pledged to rectify it. 

Krawczyk reassured users about ongoing efforts to address the identified problems.

In response to these concerns, Google has currently paused it’s image generation features of Gemini and issued a statement acknowledging the issues and outlining their plan for improvement.

Google Response

The company promises to:

  • Increase data diversity: They will expand the training data used for Gemini to include a wider range of demographics and cultural representations.
  • Develop bias detection tools: Google is working on algorithms that can identify and flag potential biases within the model’s outputs.
  • Improve user education: The company will provide users with more information about the limitations of the model and how to use it responsibly.

While Google’s efforts are commendable, experts quoted in the article emphasize the broader need for open-source AI models.

They argue that concentrating power in the hands of a few major corporations can amplify existing biases and limit innovation.

Open-source models, they believe, would allow for greater scrutiny, diverse development, and ultimately, fairer and more accurate AI tools.

Experts Advice

Yann LeCun, Meta’s chief AI scientist, also emphasize the importance of fostering a diverse ecosystem of AI models akin to the need for a free and diverse press.

People argue that concentrating power in the hands of a few major corporations can amplify existing biases and limit innovation.

Bindu Reddy, CEO of Abacus.AI, has similar concerns about the concentration of power without a healthy ecosystem of open-source models.

Experts believe open-source model would enable diverse development, and a fairer and more accurate AI tools.

In the ongoing discussions surrounding the ethical and practical implications of AI tools, there is a growing recognition of the need for transparent and inclusive AI development frameworks.

As technology advances, ensuring openness, accountability, and consideration of diverse perspectives in the development of AI systems is becoming increasingly imperative.

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