May 17, 2022

Report: “Leading Online Database Too Remove 600,000 Images After Art Project Reveals its Racist Bias”

From The Art News:

ImageNet, one of the largest, publicly accessible online databases of pictures, has announced that it will remove 600,000 images of people stored in its system.

The news follows the launch of an online project by the artist Trevor Paglen and the AI researcher Kate Crawford who revealed the troubling and often racist ways in which the artificial intelligence used by ImageNet categorises people.


While white people are regularly assigned wildly inaccurate job descriptions—one editor for the Verge, for example, was categorised as a “pipe smoker” and a “flight attendant”—for people of colour, the technology is far more sinister with social media users reporting that they had been described with racist slurs and other highly-offensive terms.

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