GOOGLE HITS GEN­DER BIAS

Herald Sun - - NEWS -

GOOGLE is tweak­ing its trans­la­tion ap­pli­ca­tion to try to re­duce gen­der bias.

The move comes amid crit­i­cism Google Trans­late of­ten de­faulted to mas­cu­line names when trans­lat­ing lan­guages.

“There’s been an ef­fort across Google to pro­mote fair­ness and re­duce bias in ma­chine learn­ing,” prod­uct man­ager James Kucz­marski said.

Up to now, the pro­gram pro­vided only one trans­la­tion for a query, of­ten choos­ing the mas­cu­line word for terms such as “doc­tor,” and the fem­i­nine word for “nurse”.

“Now you’ll get both a fem­i­nine and mas­cu­line trans­la­tion for a sin­gle word,” Mr Kucz­marski said.

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