Incident 165: Image Upscaling Algorithm PULSE Allegedly Produced Facial Images with Caucasian Features More Often

Description: Image upscaling tool PULSE powered by NVIDIA's StyleGAN reportedly generated faces with Caucasian features more often, although AI academics, engineers, and researchers were not in agreement about where the source of bias was.


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Alleged: Duke researchers developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed people having non-Caucasian facial features.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam


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