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Google apologizes to user over Google Photos facial recognition debacle

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Google Photos has been available for quite some time now and one of our favorite features from the app is its ability to recognize people, based on your contacts and friends. However, Google has found itself to be in trouble as a user has found that the facial recognition algorithm isn’t exactly glitch free. A user named Jacky Alcine found that some of his photos were categorized under gorillas, primarily because of his skin tone.

The user immediately took to Twitter and managed to get a response from Google. The Google+ engineer and chief architect, Yonathan Zunger was quick to apologize and also mentioned that a fix has been issued. This is one area where facial recognition can be slightly tricky as we’ve found Google Photos to categorize people of all races under “dogs” in the past, so there’s no denying that some work needs to be done from Google’s end.

https://twitter.com/jackyalcine/status/615331869266157568/photo/1

We can take solace in the fact that Google is acknowledging the error and doing the needful to avoid a repeat. What do you make of this whole episode?

Source: @jackyalcine – Twitter

Via: Phone Arena