Google image recognition software no longer distinguishes people in a photo as men or women, but only as individuals, Business Insider discovered. This is software that can be used by developers to analyze images with the help of artificial intelligence (AI).
The software can be used, among other things, to recognize what is on a photo. By supplying images, for example, Vision AI can identify objects by attaching a label to them.
An email to users of the software, viewed by Business Insider , shows that Google is relinquishing the labels in which a gender is used. People are therefore no longer identified as "man" or "woman", but as "person."
Google made the choice based on ethical guidelines on the use of AI, which the company presented in June 2018. "Because a person's gender cannot be determined based on what that person looks like, we have decided to remove the gender labels," Business Insider quotes the decision.
Labeling people as men or women automatically causes errors when people identify themselves as non-binary. People with external characteristics of the opposite sex can also be labeled incorrectly.