November 27, 2018

THAT’S WHAT XHE SAID: Google pulls gender pronouns from Gmail Smart Compose to reduce bias.

Gmail’s Smart Compose can save you valuable time when you’re firing off a quick message, but don’t expect it to refer to people as “him” or “her” — Google is playing it safe on that front. Product leaders have revealed to Reuters that Google removed gender pronouns from Smart Compose’s phrase suggestions after realizing that the AI-guided feature could be biased. When a scientist talked about meeting an investor in January, for example, Gmail offered the follow-up “do you want to meet him” — not considering the possibility that the investor could be a woman.

These are Heinlein’s Crazy Years — we just live in them.

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