Incident 285: Google Lens’s Camera-Based Translation Feature Provided an Offensive Mistranslation of a Book Title in Korean

Description: A book title by Korea’s first minister of culture was mistranslated into an offensive phrase by Google Lens’s camera-based translation feature allegedly due to its training on internet communications and a lack of context.


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

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam

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Multilingual Incident Reporting · 2022

Research and development has a major unsolved problem throughout state of the art AI systems: making systems perform well beyond the environment for which they were engineered. While this problem goes by many names (e.g., distributional shi…


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