Intel, A ‘White Nationalism’ Slider Ain’t It

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Intel gave a presentation at GDC just a few weeks again, however I’m guessing no person truly watched it as a result of it took until this week for anyone to notice this totally absurd pitch from the corporate, which desires to make use of AI to watch and censor “hate speech” in your on-line voice chat, and let customers toggle simply how a lot hate they wish to hear.

It’s a service launching later this 12 months referred to as Bleep, which “is a user-facing application that uses AI to detect and redact audio based on user preferences”. Which mainly means it would monitor audio because it comes out of your system, and mute/beep your audio system or headphones when it detects dangerous phrases.

It’ll detect these phrases utilizing AI, but it surely’s the person preferences a part of this that’s the most hilarious/horrifying. Here’s a have a look at Bleep’s backend settings, and it’s a technological hellscape.


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Feel free to effective tune! Would you want to listen to folks body-shaming you? Oh, you’d? But solely a little? OK, certain!


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So many selections! I deeply recognize the very fact I can solely hear somebody screaming white nationalist taunts down a microphone “most” of the time—typically you want a break, in spite of everything!—and will probably be pondering very exhausting about whether or not I wish to toggle that N-word change to its “on” or “off” place.

It’s ghastly that one thing like this ever left a whiteboard, not to mention made all of it the best way into a significant presentation, however then we’re years previous the purpose the place we ought to be anticipating firms like Intel to consider something besides methods it will possibly waste tens of millions attempting to make use of its personal expertise to fight deeply human issues.

Maybe there was a very good intention right here sooner or later. Letting folks take pleasure in a safer on-line expertise is, in spite of everything, an excellent factor! But this, this isn’t the best way to do it. Hateful speech is one thing that must be educated and fought, not toggled on a settings display screen.

You can watch the presentation at across the 29:30 mark within the video beneath (although it ought to autoplay at that time in the event you click on on it anyway).

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