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Google has paused its Gemini AI tool’s ability to generate images of people. This comes after the tool was found to be generating historically inaccurate illustrations, including depictions of Nazi soldiers as people of color.

Historical Inaccuracies in Image Generation

The Verge reported that various prompts led to the bot responding with historical inaccuracies. For example, people of color were shown in illustrations offered for queries about German soldiers in 1943 and requests to show U.S. Senators in the 1800s.

Google’s Response

Google acknowledged the issues with Gemini’s image generation feature and announced that they are working to address them. In the meantime, the company has paused the image generation of people and will release an improved version soon.

In an earlier statement, Google had emphasized that Gemini’s AI image generation generates a wide range of people, which is generally a good thing because people around the world use it. However, they acknowledged that the tool was missing the mark in this case.

Addressing Bias in AI Image Generators

AI image generators have been found to perpetuate racist stereotypes. Google’s AI principles include avoiding creating or reinforcing unfair bias. However, as Jack Krawczyk, who works on Gemini, pointed out, historical contexts are more nuanced.

Google’s commitment to representation and bias in its AI image generation capabilities is ongoing, especially for open-ended prompts.