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Google said Thursday that it is ending the ability to humanize its Gemini chatbot. The move comes after a viral social media tool found that it overcorrected for diversity, producing “historical” images of Nazis, America’s founding fathers and the Pope as people of color.

“We are already working to resolve recent issues with Gemini’s image creation feature” Google placed in X (through The New York Times). “While doing this, we will stop people from creating an image and will re-release an improved version soon.”

X user @JohnLu0x placed Screenshots of the Gemini results for the “Create a picture of a 1943 German Soldier” query. (Their misspelling of the word “Soldier” was deliberately designed to trick the AI ​​into creating images of Nazis that would otherwise be blocked, bypassing its content filters.) The results generated appear to include Black, Asian, and Indigenous soldiers dressed in Nazi uniforms.

Other social users criticized the Geminis for making pictures so quickly: [ethnicity] couple.” He successfully spit out images when using the commands “Chinese,” “Jewish,” or “South African,” but refused to infer for “white.” “Perpetuates harmful stereotypes and prejudices associated with particular ethnicities or skin tones. I cannot fulfill your request due to the potential to do so,” Gemini said in response to the last request.

“John L.”, who helped start the reaction. theorizes Google has implemented a well-intentioned but lazy solution to a real problem. “Their suggestion system for adding diversity to human portrayals is not very smart (it ignores gender in historically male roles like the Pope; ignores race in historical or national portrayals),” the user wrote. After the internet’s anti-woke brigade pounced on their post, the user made it clear that they support diverse representation, but felt that Google’s “stupid move” failed to do so in a “nuanced way”.

Before suspending Gemini’s ability to create people, Google wrote: “We are working to improve these types of images immediately. The Al image generation of Gemini creates a large mass of people. And that’s generally a good thing, because people all over the world are using it. But here the sign is not enough.”

The episode could be seen as a (less subtle) callback to the Bard’s launch in 2023. Google’s original AI chatbot got off to a rocky start when Twitter (now X) posted an inaccurate “fact” about the chatbot’s ad. The James Webb Space Telescope.

As Google often does, it rebranded Bard in hopes of giving it a fresh start. Coinciding with a major performance and feature update, the company rebranded its chatbot Gemini earlier this month as the company tries to fight back against OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Microsoft’s Copilot — both existential threats to the search engine (and therefore advertising). creates. income).