Incident 177: Google’s Assistive Writing Feature Provided Allegedly Unnecessary and Clumsy Suggestions

Description: Google’s “inclusive language” feature prompting writers to consider alternatives to non-inclusive words reportedly also recommend alternatives for words such as “landlord” and “motherboard,” which critics said was a form of obtrusive, unnecessary, and bias-reinforcing speech-policing.


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Alleged: Google Docs developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Google Docs users.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam


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