Intel's Dystopian Anti-Harassment AI Lets Users Opt In for 'Some' Racism
Thursday April 8, 2021. 08:45 PM , from Slashdot
According to Intel Marketing Engineer Craig Raymond, Bleep is 'an end-user application that uses AI to detect and redact audio based on your user preferences.' In footage of the application, Bleep presented users with a list of sliders so gamers can control the amount of hate and abuse they encounter. The list included ableism and body shaming, LGBTQ+ hate, aggression, misogyny, name-calling, racism and xenophobia, sexually explicit language, swearing, and white nationalism. As Chandler explained, Intel can't 'solve' racism or the long-running and well-documented problems in gaming culture (and culture more broadly). At the same time, Bleep is techno-AI solutionism that feels pretty dystopian, pitching racism, xenophobia, and general toxicity as settings that can be tuned up and down as though they were graphics, sound, or control sliders on a video game. It is also a way of admitting defeat: if we can't stop players from being incredibly racist in chat, we can simply filter out what they say and pretend they don't exist.
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