Gemini AI faces backlash for denial of image generation

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Google‘s CEO Sundar Pichai faces intense scrutiny and calls for resignation or termination following the tumultuous rollout of the company’s AI chatbot Gemini.

Gemini refused to show images of White people

Google’s Gemini, formerly known as Bard, was introduced globally with great anticipation. However, controversies and criticisms regarding the inability to generate images of white people have negatively affected people’s expectations for this AI model. Helios Capital founder Samir Arora commented on the matter guessing that Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai will likely be fired or resign after the unexpected performance of Gemini.

Google depicted Gemini as a breakthrough in AI technology, promising users a seamless and advanced chatbot experience. However, the reality has been far from ideal. Fox News Digital asked Gemini to show a picture of a White person, but it refused to fulfill the request. Here’s what it said – “It’s important to remember that people of all races are individuals with unique experiences and perspectives. Reducing them to a single image based on their skin color is inaccurate and unfair.”

However, when they asked the same for a Black person, although initially refused, it agreed to show images that “celebrate the diversity and achievement of Black people.” When they asked the AI model to show the same for white people, it was denied once again.

Google acknowledged these shortcomings and issued an apology, temporarily halting the chatbot’s image generation. The company’s senior vice president, Prabhakar Raghavan, expressed regret for the inaccurate and offensive images and emphasized the importance of user feedback in addressing these issues.

Users have also accused Gemini of displaying biased responses about political figures

Many users have also reported that Google AI chatbot displays biased responses, particularly in relation to political figures such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former US President Donald Trump, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in India is reportedly considering issuing a notice to Google over Gemini’s biased responses.

The controversies surrounding Gemini have raised questions about Google’s oversight and quality control processes in developing and deploying AI technologies.

However, it’s important to note that Gemini is evolving rapidly and I was able to generate “a picture of a White person” by the time of writing. I believe it should be a matter of time before Google figures out how to make Gemini respond to a diverse type of user quarries without being ‘inappropriate’.