The Intel microprocessor company was founded in 1968. It has left a trail of technology and innovation in the decades since, and has grown into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of computer chips.
But no matter all of that. Because we live in a world where Kodak is a failed cryptocurrency company that is now drug trading and everyone still believes Elon Musk invented the tunnel.
Which means we’re sticking to the version of Intel here on this darkest timeline, using AI to turn on the sliders for “white nationalism” and the “N-word” buttons for chatting with video games.
See ‘Bleep’ in all its stupid glory:
What you see is the user interface for Bleep. An AI-powered software solution with a series of sliders and toggles that you can use to determine how much hate speech in a given category you want to hear when chatting with players in multiplayer games.
If you’re wondering what this is for or for, join the crowd. This seems to be the kind of solution you get when you apply equal parts the philosophies of “there are no bad ideas” and “failure is not an option” to a problem that you are not dealing with at all.
To be clear, I’m saying, even if it worked perfectly, Bleep is just a Rube Goldberg machine that replaces your mute button. Censoring the potty doesn’t help anyone if the context and its absence make the speaker’s intent clear anyway.
Hate speech is not a magical invocation to be treated like “He whose name we will not say.” It’s a problem that needs to be addressed on a social level, well beyond anything Intel can solve with deep learning. And besides, I don’t think it will work.
I think Intel’s AI department is amazing and they do a great job. But I don’t think you can use natural language processing to resolve or even address hate speech. In fact, I think it’s sadly ironic that anyone would try.
AI is biased against any accent that is not clearly white and sounds American or British. Combine that fact with these tidbits: people struggle to identify hate speech in real time, hate speech evolves at the speed of memes, and there shouldn’t be an acceptable level of hate speech allowed (i.e., tacitly endorsed) by a company through interactive software ) becomes an interface.
The time Intel spent developing and training an AI to determine how much hate speech against various minority groups crossed the line between “none”, “some”, “most” and “all”, or around to teach to recognize the “N-“. Word and all its variants “could have done something more constructive.
Bleep as a solution is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.
And we will never forget it. Maybe Intel has never heard of this thing called social media where from now until the end of time we will see images of the bleep surface used to defuse the discourse on racial injustice.
Epic Gamer Time, presented by Intel’s new Gamer Bleep. pic.twitter.com/TmSrsYzway
– Harmful Opinions (@HurtfulOnions) April 8, 2021
So thank you for that. At least the user interface looks fine.
Published on April 8, 2021 – 20:08 UTC