Microsoft’s news AI publishes stories about its own racist failures

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Microsoft's news AI publishes stories about its own racist failures

Hey, at least Microsoft’s news-curating artificial intelligence doesn’t have an ego. That much was made clear today after the company’s news app highlighted Microsoft’s most recent racist failure.

The inciting incident for this entire debacle appears to be Microsoft’s late May decision to fire some human editors and journalists responsible for MSN.com and have its AI curate and aggregate stories for the site instead. Following that move, The Guardian reported earlier today that Microsoft’s AI confused two members of the pop band Little Mix, who both happen to be women of color, in a republished story originally reported by The Independent. Then, after being called out by band member Jade Thirlwall for the screwup, the AI then published stories about its own failing. Read more…

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