We Taught AI Racial And Gender Biases

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Programs like Google Translate has experienced a dramatic hike in the ability of language interpretation in past few years. Thanks to the new machine learning techniques and of course to the numerous online text data. It is on these data that the algorithms can be trained.

Everyday machines are acquiring the human-like abilities of language. Along with it, they are also inheriting the deeply ingrained biases hidden in the patterns of language. AI has been seen exhibiting a striking gender and racial biases. Many studies have proved that AI is biased towards gender and races. Is it really biased?

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Is AI Biased Or We Are?

People say that this shows AI is prejudiced and biased. No, it shows we are biased and prejudiced and AI is learning it. Because we are assisting AI in its learning. It is reinforced in AI because algorithms are unequipped in consciously counteracting the learned biases, unlike humans.

Embedded Biases

Machines learn from Word Embedding. This process has transformed the way computers interpret text and speech. This method has successfully helped computers in making sense of the language in past few years.

Word Embedding builds up a mathematical representation of language. The meaning of a word in it is distilled into a series of numbers, called Word Vector and based on which related words and terms words frequently appear together.

For example, in the mathematical language space, words for flowers and pleasantness are clustered closer while words for insects and unpleasantness appear close together. Thus, to AI flower is connected to pleasantness and insect to unpleasantness.

This purely statistical approach has captured the social and cultural context of words differently than a dictionary. Some of these implicit biases in the experiments of human psychology has been captured by these algorithms. Words like female and women became closely associated with arts, humanities, and home while the words male and the man appeared closer to the professions like Math and engineering.

Google Assistant Says No “Hey Google” And “Ok Google” Follow-Ups

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Google I/O had promised this year to make the Assistant conversational feature available for the US people by using Google Home Speaker and this company kept its promise. Yes, you no more have to call out your Google Assistant by name and every time you are willing to place a command. Basically, you will be having an option where you can enable the feature by saying “Hey Google” and “Ok Google” for follow-ups. Even if you have multiple requests, it doesn’t really matter.

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No More Saying “Hey Google” Or “Ok Google”

Let’s say you are asking your Google Assistant if it is going to rain today before you start the conversation from scratch, you can remind yourself to carry an umbrella outside. In that case, all you have to do is, keep your Google Assistant inactive for a few seconds. Within the timeframe, if you speak assistant will automatically be active thinking that you are still talking. Just make sure that the LED’s of the home speakers are lit till the time it’s listening to your voice. Because all it requires is the voice input.

The good news is, your assistant can now order food as well. The relative partners are Panera, Domino’s, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and many more. In case you are a regular customer of these brands ordering food from your phone, you can do the same thing with your Google Assistant. Looks like Google has taken not only one, but many steps forward in order to make your work much more easier.

In order to have a normal conversation with your Google Assistant, all you need to take care of is the timing when you’re speaking and only then it can reply to multiple questions at the same time. Therefore, with continued conversation, you can actually talk to your Google Assistant.

And the best part is, now you don’t have to go on with a “Hey Google” and “Ok Google” before and after a conversation. You can simply skip that part. Only remember that while ending the conversation, you have to say “thank you” or “stop” and the Google assistant will automatically Stop registering that you are not talking anymore.

Wondering how to enable this feature on your Assistant?

In order to enable this feature, you just have to go to the settings and choose Continued Conversation from preferences and hit the toggle. Now you will be able to start a conversation with your Assistant without saying Hey and Ok.

At Google I/O conference in 2018, the company officially launched Android P operating system for its users. In this new version of an Android Operating System, Google is focusing on the AI and machine learning. On the other hand, the search giant has come up with such exclusive features as App Actions, Adaptive brightness, and battery.

Till now this feature can only be enabled in the English language. It is not known yet when the other languages will be available on Assistant. But the people who are tired of saying “Hey Google” and “Ok Google”, are definitely welcome here.