So the company wants to draw attention to the problem of censorship, which technology corporations establish in social networks.
In 2016, Google launched the game Quick, Draw! in which the neural network guessed user sketches. A year later, the company published an open database of drawings, but it lacked the most popular image in the world – the penis.
To fix the “bug” Google took the Dutch design studio Moniker, which is sponsored by Mozilla. The company has created artificial intelligence Do not Draw a Penis , defining penis sketches.
If you draw a penis, then artificial intelligence will answer: “We believe that it was a mistake” or “We do not like that you draw indecent things”, after which it will erase the sketch. Other objects of a neural network sometimes guess, and if they cannot identify them, they call the drawing an abstraction or give general comments like “We all love to draw”.
If you draw the penis several times, then the neural network takes control in its own hands and begins to depict the male genitals in various variations. Along the way, she is rude and insults the user.
The idea seems to be a joke, but Moniker and Mozilla make a serious thesis: “Do we have to worry about what moral standards are set by technology corporations, because we live in a world where they decide what we are allowed to look on the Internet?”
Moniker spokesman Rawl told The Verge that the inability of Google’s artificial intelligence to recognize the penis is, by and large, insignificant, but it symbolizes the power of technical corporations. He noted the ban on nipples on Facebook and Instagram as an example of more serious American bigotry that is being imposed on the whole world.
We believe that our moral principles should not be set by technological giants. We question the fact that we have given responsibility for our social infrastructure in exchange for “free” use of [social networks], without even realizing it.
You do not think that it is a bit strange when all citizens of the world, representatives of all cultures should follow the “rules of the community” for publishing photos on Instagram.
Waters said that he liked the project Quick, Draw !, and he even used the tool from TensorFlow to create an alternative. But he noted that companies are increasingly using artificial intelligence to moderate their platforms. Because of this, the likelihood of erroneous censorship increases.
At the same time, the probability of self-censorship increases: knowing that artificial intelligence can determine “obscene” thoughts or emotions, users will not express them at all, Voters believes.
At the same time, Waters does not believe that his project is a manifesto of freedom of speech. “Rather, he recalls the unwanted power of corporations and their paternalistic tendencies.For us, drawing a penis is a natural symbol of rebellion.”He said.