Google Apologizes For Photos App Gorillas Tag

Posted: Jul 2 2015, 9:00am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Google Apologizes for Photos App Gorillas Tag
Credit: Jacky Alcine Twitter
  • Google is appalled Photos app labelled black couple as Gorillas!

The Photo app by Google automatically tags people through artificial intelligence.

Google has apologized after its Photo app labels a black couple as Gorillas. The Photos app uses artificial intelligence to automatically label people and it mistakenly labelled a couple as Gorillas.

The picture showing the couple labelled as Gorillas was brought to attention by a software developer in New York City Jacky Alcine. According to Alcine several photos in his collection were showing the racial tag and she reached out to Google online.

After the photo surfaced online people widely criticized Google for the racial connotations the tag indicates. In response to Mr. Alcine the top Google executive Yonatan Zunger acknowledged it was 100 percent not OK what the app had done and even though it occurred due to a bug in the Photo app system, it is high on their list to set it right.

Zunger also stated they are already working towards a solution so the problem never arises again. Google is also working towards linguistics and image recognition of especially dark skinned people.

A spokesperson from Google also apologized saying they are appalled and genuinely sorry for the mistake and are taking immediate action to prevent the problem from ever happening again. Google claimed there is still a a lot of work to be done in the automatic labeling field and they are looking into all avenues as to how to prevent such mistakes in the future.

"We're appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened," a spokeswoman told the BBC. "We are taking immediate action to prevent this type of result from appearing." "There is still clearly a lot of work to do with automatic image labelling, and we're looking at how we can prevent these types of mistakes from happening in the future."

Even after the apology Alcine who himself is a software developer stated he has concerns as to what kind of pictures and linguistics Google originally used to prime the Photos App to recognize black people. In May news resurfaced about Google’s Photo app’s other blunders when the app was tagging dogs as horses.

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