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  • Updated: February 22, 2024

Google suspends generative AI suit Gemini

Google suspends generative AI suit Gemini

Google has temporarily suspended the ability of Gemini, its flagship generative AI suite of models, to generate images of people while it updates the model to improve the historical accuracy of outputs.

The company announced a "pause" in producing images of people in a post on the social media platform X. It said that this was due to "recent issues" involving historical errors.

“While we do this, we’re going to pause the image generation of people and will re-release an improved version soon,” it added.

Google introduced the Gemini image generation tool earlier this month. 

However, examples of it producing incongruous images of historical figures have recently surfaced on social media, including images of the United States Founding Fathers depicted as American Indian, black, or Asian, prompting criticism and even ridicule.

In a LinkedIn post, Paris-based venture capitalist Michael Jackson joined the fray today, calling Google's AI "a nonsensical DEI parody". (DEI is an acronym for 'Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.'

In a previous post on X yesterday, Google confirmed it was "aware" the AI was producing "inaccuracies in some historical image generation depictions," adding in a statement: "We're working to improve these types of depictions immediately. 

Gemini's Al image generation does produce a diverse group of people. That's generally a good thing because people all over the world use it. However, it falls short in this instance.

Generative AI tools generate results based on training data and other parameters, like model weights.

Such tools have frequently been criticised for producing outputs that are stereotypically biassed, such as overtly sexualized imagery of women or responding to prompts for high-status job roles with imagery of white men.

Google's previous AI image classification tool sparked outrage in 2015 when it misidentified black men as gorillas. 

The company promised to fix the problem, but, as Wired reported a few years later, its 'fix' was a workaround: Google simply prevented the technology from recognising gorillas at all.

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