In light of today’s ultra-sensitivity to race, we need to ban Google.
Google has apologized after its new Photos application identified black people as “gorillas.”
On Sunday Brooklyn programmer Jacky Alciné tweeted a screenshot of photos he had uploaded in which the app had labeled Alcine and a friend, both African American, “gorillas.”
And it's only photos I have with her it's doing this with (results truncated b/c personal): pic.twitter.com/h7MTXd3wgo
— diri noir avec banan (@jackyalcine) June 29, 2015
Yontan Zunger, an engineer and the company’s chief architect of Google+, responded swiftly to Alciné on Twitter: “This is 100% Not OK.” And he promised that Google’s Photos team was working on a fix.
The first fix was not effective so Google ultimately decided not to give any photos a “gorilla” tag. And Zunger said that Google is working on “longer-term fixes,” including “better recognition of dark skinned faces.”
In a statement, Google spokeswoman Katie Watson said: “We’re appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened. 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 labeling, and we’re looking at how we can prevent these types of mistakes from happening in the future.”
So what time is Al Sharpton showing up at Google HQ to collect his extortion money?