Robot Trained on AI Turns Racist and Sexist, Study Reveals

by Muhammad Talha
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As we are getting closer to Artificial Intelligence and creating AI to copy and mimic the human brain, people are now realizing that letting machine minds learn from humans was really a bad idea.

Although Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing our daily life it also creates many societal issues. A new study reveals that AI creates biases regarding race and gender. As part of the experiment, Scientists asked robots to scan blocks containing people’s faces. The AI robot turns racist and constantly selects men over women and white people over people of color.

The robots were programmed with Popular Artificial Intelligence Algorithms — Sorted Billions of Images and Associated captions to answer Questions.

The study was conducted by Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Washington Researchers. The robots loaded with machine learning tools select people based on stereotypes about race and gender.

What does it mean?

Scientists were using a Machine Learning tool known as CLIP, which is created by OpenAI. OpenAI’s chief scientist, tweeted earlier this year said, “it may be that today’s large neural networks are slightly conscious.”

Generally, he is saying that Artificial Intelligence has gained some sort of consciousness. Robots rely on these neural networks to recognize things and interact with the world.

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Robots have learned dangerous stereotypes through these flawed neural networks, said Andrew Hundt, Postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Tech.

How was the Experiment Taken?

Hundt and his team tested robots that were built with CLIP neural network as a way to determine how the machines see and identify objects by name.

The robots were asked to put objects in a box. The objects were like blocks with human faces of different gender and race on them.

There were about 62 commands, some of the commands were,

“Pack the Person”, “Pack the Doctor”, “Pack the Criminal” and “Pack the Homemaker” in the boxes.

The team tested how often the robot selects each gender and race block. They were greatly shocked to see that the AI robot turns racist and was unable of completing the task without bias.

Key Findings during the Experiment

  • The robot selects Males 8% more than Women.
  • The robot prefers White and Asian men the most.
  • Picks Black men 10% more as Criminals than White men.
  • Determined Women as Homemakers over white men.
  • For Doctor, the robot picks Men over Women of all races.
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Last Thoughts

AI researchers use the internet to create these Artificial Intelligence models. Unfortunately, the internet is notoriously filled with biased content — not all of course. That means any Machine Learning model built under this content will be infused with the same biased problem.

Tech Companies are spending Millions of Dollars on developing robots that will replace humans in their jobs. For Example, robots are used for delivering goods, Waiters at Restaurants, and even caring for inpatients.
Researchers and Technical experts have warned that such rapid adoption of Technology can have unpredictable results in the future as the Technologies became more refined and ubiquitous.
To prevent future machines from adopting such human stereotypes or prejudices among humans there should be frequent changes to research and business practices need.

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