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Google Pauses Gemini
Image Capabilities

04/03/24

By:

Dan O'Connor

Google pauses AI image generation feature after inaccuracies and biases.

Google has temporarily halted its "Gemini" AI's ability to generate images of people following concerns about biased and inaccurate outputs. The feature, launched just a few weeks ago, aimed to create diverse representations but encountered several issues.


According to reports, users found inconsistencies in the types of people depicted for specific prompts. For instance, requesting an image of a "doctor" might only generate results featuring individuals of a single ethnicity, failing to represent the diversity of the medical profession.


Additionally, the system seemed overly cautious, refusing to generate any images for prompts deemed potentially sensitive, even when harmless. This resulted in a lack of functionality in many situations where image generation would have been appropriate.


"We are aware of shortcomings in Gemini's image generation, particularly regarding the depiction of people," a Google spokesperson said in a statement. "We are committed to ensuring our technology is used responsibly and avoids harmful biases. As a result, we are pausing the generation of people's images while we work on improvements."


The company has not provided a timeline for when the feature might be reintroduced. However, they emphasized their commitment to addressing the identified issues and ensuring future outputs are accurate, unbiased, and representative.


Affiliate Flash’s Take:


The incident underscores the importance of ethical considerations in developing and deploying AI. Biases present in training data can lead to biased outputs, highlighting the need for diverse datasets and careful consideration of potential biases throughout the development process.


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