In today’s version of “omg that is messed up” we have Facebook issuing an apology after their artificial intelligence (AI) facial recognition software accidentally identified some Black guys as “primates” – and no, I am not kidding. This literally happened.
Someone was watching a video about some Karen guy who called the cops on some Black guys and Facebook’s topic recommendation tool popped up asking if people wanted to “keep seeing videos about primates.”
This is something you might have seen on an episode of Dave Chappelle’s show, but when a major social media network does it, it’s not exactly seen as comedy.
My goodness, this was quite a blunder!
Here’s what was posted on USA TODAY:
Facebook apologized after it mislabeled a video of Black men as “primates,” the latest in a series of racial gaffes by artificial intelligence systems that technology companies use to automate recommendations and other features.
Facebook users who recently watched a video from The Daily Mail featuring clips of Black men in altercations with white police officers and civilians received a prompt asking if they would like to “keep seeing videos about Primates,” the New York Times reported late Friday.
I literally can’t even believe that happened and I also can literally believe that happened – mostly because AI isn’t always the smartest tech on the block.
“This was clearly an unacceptable error and we disabled the entire topic recommendation feature as soon as we realized this was happening so we could investigate the cause and prevent this from happening again,” Facebook spokesperson Dani Lever said in a statement to USA TODAY.
“As we have said, while we have made improvements to our AI we know it’s not perfect and we have more progress to make,” she said. “We apologize to anyone who may have seen these offensive recommendations.”
Kinda makes you wonder – what exactly does Facebook need facial recognition software for anyway? Is this a deep state spy level way to keep track of billions of people? Think about it. People check into places. People have GPS on their devices. People post pics of themselves and everywhere they’ve been.
It’s like social media has become an Internet daily diary of sorts. We’re so into posting and chatting online that so many people aren’t even chatting in person anymore.
Go to the mall and check out the food court – teens sitting on phones, not talking to each other. Check out the bus stop. People sitting on the phone, ignoring each other.
Social media has made people anti-social in public.
Smart phones made us dumb.
And software is apparently calling us primates.
Maybe we need to go outside once in a while.