Google Halts Gemini AI Image Generation Tool After 'Inaccuracies' in Historical Pictures

By Jace Dela Cruz

Feb 23, 2024 01:42 AM EST

Google announced on Thursday the temporary suspension of its Gemini artificial intelligence (AI) image generation feature following reports of "inaccuracies" in historical images. 

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Google's Gemini AI Image Generator Creates Inaccurate Historical Pictures

According to CNBC, social media users have raised concerns about the AI chatbot's tool generating images of historical figures, such as the US Founding Fathers, as people of color, which they argued was inaccurate. 

In a statement released on Wednesday, Google acknowledged the issue, saying that while the AI feature can produce a wide range of people, the software was "missing the mark here." The company noted that it was already working to improve these kinds of depictions.

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Google to Pause Gemini's AI Feature Generating People's Images

Google's decision to pause the Gemini AI feature to generate images of people reflects its response to user concerns regarding historical accuracy. The temporary suspension aims to address the reported inaccuracies and "improved" the software feature.

"Gemini's AI image generation does generate a wide range of people. And that's generally a good thing because people around the world use it. But it's missing the mark here," Google said in an X post.

"We're already working to address recent issues with Gemini's image generation feature. While we do this, we're going to pause the image generation of people and will re-release an improved version soon," it added.

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