The concern of gender biases has left blood boiling since the day this issue was given attention. Women have marched the streets to claim their rights in society. However; the online world has still not accustomed itself to the riots and revolts taking place around it. As a result, Google Translate has been reported as gender biased on several occasions.
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Google Fighting Gender Biasness:
If you have been a frequent Google Translate user, you’d be able to relate.
Google, as a result of its machine learning feature, has been associating certain words with specific genders. Hence, words such as ‘doctor’ or ‘strong’ are skewed masculine whereas, words such as ‘nurse’ or ‘beautiful’ are made feminine.
Several controversies have been recorded against the same as people found the translations offensive and biased.
Google, being a gender-neutral business, has taken the issue into account. Google is coming up with an update which reduces the gender bias that used to prevail. Now, for words with uncertain gender associations, Google Translate has been giving translations in an impartial manner.
Google Translate’s New Agenda:
“Now you’ll get both a feminine and masculine translation for a single word—like surgeon’” says James Kuczmarski, Product Manager, Google Translate
For now, the feature update is only available when translating from English to French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. It can also be experienced when translations from Turkish to English are made.
“In the future, we plan to extend gender-specific translations to more languages, launch on other Translate surfaces like our iOS and Android apps, and address gender bias in features like query auto-complete. And we’re already thinking about how to address non-binary gender in translations, though it’s not part of this initial launch,” says Kuczmarski
The issue has been tackled for now for certain languages. However; for the rest, it still prevails. When do you think Google Translate will make an update for other languages? Let us know in the comments.