FaceApp Apologizes for Building a Racist AI

Here we are with “Racism” now in the technology world too. As FaceApp Apologizes for Building a Racist AI.

FaceApp is an application that helps its users to upload their selfies by offering many filters which then change or alter their appearance. So in short, FaceApp has appearance-shifting effects. One of its filter called “hotness” has been targeted by the users as it makes the skin tone light and white too along with beautifying effect.

FaceApp Apologizes for Building a Racist AI

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In response to this situation, the CEO of FaceApp O Yaroslav Goncharov told media that:

“We are deeply sorry for this unquestionably serious issue. It is an unfortunate side-effect of the underlying neural network caused by the training set bias, not intended behavior. To mitigate the issue, we have renamed the effect to exclude any positive connotation associated with it. We are also working on the complete fix that should arrive soon.”

Temporarily, FaceApp has changed the name of “Hotness” filter into “Spark”.

So the question is “Is this only the issue with FaceApp?” Of course not, there are many such Apps available on Google’s Play Store that do the same to the images. In fact it would also be right to say that almost every app has this whitening filter in it.
Let’s see how the developers of FaceApp get rid with this situation. But it would be more good if they simply remove this filter from the App.

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