Why Google ‘Thought’ This Black Woman Was a Gorilla

Google had a major PR disaster on its hands thanks to “deep learning.”(Jacky Alcine/Twitter )This is a story about an incident that happened to 22-year-old freelance web developer Jacky Alciné, the racist slur that caught him off-guard, and the machines behind it. You may have heard about it earlier this summer: On Sunday, June 28, Jacky sat relaxing, half-watching the BET awards and messing around on his computer. It was just a normal evening, until a selfie from his friend popped up in the Google photo app. As Jacky scrolled through his photos, he realized that Google has rolled out “photo categorization” – his pictures had automatically been labelled and organized based on what was in them. His brother’s graduation? No problem, Google’s software totally figured it out. But as he kept scrolling, he came upon a series of photos of himself…


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