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


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