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Google searches for new measure of skin tones to curb bias in products

Google searches for new measure of skin tones to curb bias in products

Google is developing an alternative to the industry standard method for classifying skin tones, which a growing chorus of technology researchers and dermatologists says is inadequate for assessing whether products are biased against people of color. At issue is a six-color scale known as Fitzpatrick Skin Type (FST) used since the 1970s. Critics say FST disregards diversity among people of color.

Noah PaulOG
Noah PaulOG 0 months

Funny how Identity Ideology, as it continues to progress, begins to come back to the Ideology that it is set to oppose. Individuals are individuals and can not be accurately generalized/categorized by demographic.

nathan 0 months

It’s not racist you nimcompoops! Its is just an outdated tool. If you see racism in this, youre a danger to the country!

Kathy 0 months

Because ones skin color has been given such a “critical” meaning and even our job availability, whether we would continue our education and whether we would receive monetary assistance from the government depends on whether we can “qualify” as part of a protected race. This new racial aspect to everything should spawn new industries in clothing, hairstyles, skin coloring products and “professional racial guidance” on how to “look black” or “look like an islander” or “how to get your Indian or mid-east karma”. How “blonds with dark curls are the new blacks” ! Instead of the American “melting pot” we have become a nation of racial con artists, actors without a gig, characters without a clue, ghosts without a history!

FirstCensorshipThenJail 0 months

Nothing more racist than out-of-touch rich kids hell-bent on eliminating hate by using more hate. The best thing that could happen is if Sergey Brin actually had to live in the real world and physically feel the consequences of his stupid ideas that the rest of society has to. You're not helping you childish imp. Please take your crew and go live in a 5th tier city in communist-controlled China.

Jon 0 months

I've got a functional new measure of skin tones that will reduce racism for you: "Don't".

Mutatis 0 months

I can somewhat see the medical argument for adding more nuance to the scale, yet how would any changes affect perceived tech 'bias' by machines?

jon 0 months

So...Google seeks for more effective ways to classify human beings on the basis of race. I'm pretty sure there's a word for that 🤔

Jack 0 months

Maybe its nessesary, maybe its not, i have absolutely no clue. I dont tend to need a measurement for skin colour but sure, I guess some people do. If that scale really is broken then go ahead and try and make a new standard of measurement. Google doing this rightfully makes some people weary of their motivations.

Dale 0 months

It makes a big difference if you are making make up or involved in photography. I’m sure more industries are effected than I have listed. I’m thinking this is not just a race classification.

Ben 0 months

“Divide and Concur” We are ONE race, the HUMAN race. Stop putting us in categories!

Ned_Flanders 0 months

Thank you!! I'm asian, can't figure out my skintone for shit cus the "traditional" method is made for caucasians, kept telling me I'm a deep winter just cus my eyes and hair is dark. But my complexion is not. I just wanna dress well, so good on Google!! This isn't about "our skin, blah blah, race supremacy" its a tool to make ot easier for women to pick makeup things and both genders to pick clothing so they can look their best.

Blake 0 months

Seems fine with me. The market wants to offer better products to more people so they can have higher profit. It doesn't look like it would have any negative impact on existing product.

Gabriel Bertsch
Gabriel Bertsch 0 months

Fighting fire with fire...

Robert Palmer
Robert Palmer 0 months

Isn’t this the same Google that would identify black people as apes with their computer vision tech?

Dave 0 months

[Insert picture of "okay/not okay" chart from Family Guy]

Leonard 0 months

It doesn't matter what your skin tone is. It matters what you identify as. For instance, I'm darker than midnight but I identify as a White Honky.

Angé d'Saint-Cloud
Angé d'Saint-Cloud 0 months

Yesterday's madness is today's normalcy and tomorrow's normalcy will be the madness of today.

Indo 0 months

And here with have a clear mandate on skin issues. They are real and they need segregation. Not just cos some say so

Shmule 0 months

Nothing to do with bias, everything to do with developing precision. Not everything is about race and it should not be. Race is an artificial construct. That is the one well-founded point CRT makes.

الأكبر فادي
الأكبر فادي 0 months

Rolling my eyes

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