Headline RoundupFebruary 22nd, 2024

Google Pausing Gemini Image Generation After Bias Complaints

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Google paused the image generation feature on its Gemini artificial intelligence (AI) tool after complaints that it created historically inaccurate images while trying to promote diversity.

The Details: One thread with over 22 million views on X details numerous examples of Gemini purportedly creating images of racially diverse people when prompted to generate images of historically white groups, such as soldiers of the American Revolution or the Founding Fathers. The AllSides team was unable to replicate those specific examples, though it's likely that different users were shown different results.

Key Quotes: Google said its software is "missing the mark here" and that the company is "working to improve these kinds of depictions immediately," with an "improved" version set to release soon.

For Context: AllSides has found that Google's tools have grown more polarized and more favorable to the political left in recent years.

How the Media Covered It: Right-rated sources covered the news more prominently than left-rated sources did. Fox Business (Lean Right bias) said Gemini's pause was becase "the model refused to create images of White people." The Verge (Lean Left) said "it's plausible that Gemini has made an overall attempt to boost diversity because of a chronic lack of it in generative AI," but that the tech "ends up erasing a real history of race and gender discrimination."

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