Intel, A ‘White Nationalism’ Slider Ain’t It

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Intel gave a presentation at GDC a number of weeks again, however I’m guessing no one really watched it as a result of it took till this week for anybody to note this totally absurd pitch from the corporate, which desires to make use of AI to watch and censor “hate speech” in your on-line voice chat, and let customers toggle simply how a lot hate they wish to hear.

It’s a service launching later this 12 months known as Bleep, which “is a user-facing software that makes use of AI to detect and redact audio primarily based on person preferences”. Which principally means it’ll monitor audio because it comes out of your system, and mute/beep your audio system or headphones when it detects unhealthy phrases.

It’ll detect these phrases utilizing AI, nevertheless it’s the person preferences a part of this that’s the most hilarious/horrifying. Right here’s a have a look at Bleep’s backend settings, and it’s a technological hellscape.

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Be happy to high-quality tune! Would you want to listen to individuals body-shaming you? Oh, you’d? However solely a little? OK, certain!

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So many decisions! I deeply admire the very fact I can solely hear somebody screaming white nationalist taunts down a microphone “most” of the time—generally you want a break, in spite of everything!—and can be considering very arduous about whether or not I wish to toggle that N-word swap to its “on” or “off” place.

It’s ghastly that one thing like this ever left a whiteboard, not to mention made all of it the way in which into a significant presentation, however then we’re years previous the purpose the place we ought to be anticipating corporations like Intel to consider something besides methods it might waste thousands and thousands attempting to make use of its personal expertise to fight deeply human issues.

Possibly there was a superb intention right here in some unspecified time in the future. Letting individuals take pleasure in a safer on-line expertise is, in spite of everything, an excellent factor! However this, this isn’t the way in which to do it. Hateful speech is one thing that must be educated and fought, not toggled on a settings display screen.

You may watch the presentation at across the 29:30 mark within the video beneath (although it ought to autoplay at that time in the event you click on on it anyway).

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