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People take part in the annual Gay Pride parade in support of LGBT community, in Santiago, Chile, June 22, 2019.

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AI struggles with gender and race

Generative AI keeps messing up on important issues about diversity and representation — especially when it comes to love and sex.

According to one report from The Verge, Meta’s AI image generator repeatedly refused to generate images of an Asian man with a white woman as a couple. When it finally produced one of an Asian woman and a white man, the man was significantly older than the woman.

Meanwhile, Wired found that different AI image geneators routinely represent LGBTQ individuals as having purple hair. And when you don’t specify what ethnicity they should be, these systems tend to default to showing white people.

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U.S. President Joe Biden walks across the stage to sign an Executive Order about Artificial Intelligence in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 30, 2023.

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Midjourney quiets down politics

Everything is political for GZERO, but AI image generator Midjourney would rather avoid the drama. The company has begun blocking the creation of images featuring President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump in the run-up to the US presidential election in November.

“I don’t really care about political speech,” said Midjourney CEO David Holz in an event with users last week. “That’s not the purpose of Midjourney. It’s not that interesting to me. That said, I also don’t want to spend all of my time trying to police political speech. So we’re going to have to put our foot down on it a bit.”

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Smile! Say cheese for your new AI headshot

My headshots are woefully out-of-date. They’re from just before the pandemic — the last time I really went into an office. Luckily for me, technology has advanced to help me get up to date: Enter the AI-generated headshot.

A bevy of new artificial intelligence tools now promise to generate professional-quality headshots — for a new job, a dating profile, etc. All you need is to upload clear photos of yourself, and the software spits out a series of realistic images for you.

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