Google’s new AI bot pauses image generation tool after race controversy

Google has paused its artificial intelligence image generator’s ability to create pictures of people to repair its representation of race after it stoked controversy by injecting minorities inappropriately into images.

Google’s Gemini chatbot, released to the public last week, drew widespread criticism for misrepresenting historical figures as different races. For example, Gemini presented white historical figures as black, Native American, or Asian, including the Founding Fathers and the pope. Several conservative users noticed the inaccuracies and blasted the search engine, alleging that it was evidence of a “woke” AI model.

“We’re already working to address recent issues with Gemini’s image generation feature,” Google said in an X post. “While we do this, we’re going to pause the image generation of people and will re-release an improved version soon.”

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