Incident 115: Genderify’s AI to Predict a Person’s Gender Revealed by Free API Users to Exhibit Bias

Description: A company's AI predicting a person's gender based on their name, email address, or username was reported by its users to show biased and inaccurate results.


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Alleged: Genderify developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Genderify customers and gender minority groups.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam
Service that uses AI to identify gender based on names looks incredibly biased · 2020

Some tech companies make a splash when they launch, others seem to bellyflop.

Genderify, a new service that promised to identify someone’s gender by analyzing their name, email address, or username with the help AI, looks firmly to be in th…

AI-Powered ‘Genderify’ Platform Shut Down After Bias-Based Backlash · 2020

Just hours after making waves and triggering a backlash on social media, Genderify — an AI-powered tool designed to identify a person’s gender by analyzing their name, username or email address — has been completely shut down.

Launched last…

Someone made an AI that predicted gender from email addresses, usernames. It went about as well as expected · 2020

The creators of a controversial tool that attempted to use AI to predict people's gender from their internet handle or email address have shut down their service after a huge backlash.

The Genderify app launched this month, and invited peop…


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