Incident 262: DALL-E Mini Reportedly Reinforced or Exacerbated Societal Biases in Its Outputs as Gender and Racial Stereotypes

Description: Publicly deployed open-source model DALL-E Mini was acknowledged by its developers and found by its users to have produced images which reinforced racial and gender biases.


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Khoa Lam

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Known AI Goal

Visual Art Generation

Known AI Technology

Transformer, Generative Adversarial Network

Known AI Technical Failure

Distributional Bias

Potential AI Technical Failure

Lack of Explainability, Misinformation Generation Hazard, Dataset Imbalance, Context Misidentification, Data or Labelling Noise


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