AI judges of beauty contest branded racist

It’s not the first time artificial intelligence has been in the spotlight for apparent racism, but Beauty.AI’s recent competition results have caused controversy by clearly favouring light skin. The competition, which ran online and was open to men and women around the world of all ages, ended with almost entirely winners with white skin, leading to the cries of robot racism. However, given that AI is only as smart as the data sets it’s trained on, that could be overstating the point. Robots have no way of being inherently racist. An alternate headline could be ‘Failed research methodology leads to biased results’, but that’s hardly as compelling reading. Indeed, Alex Zhavoronkov, Beauty.AI’s chief science officer said the results were a lack of ethnic minorities in the training data set. This…

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