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Google removes gendered pronouns from Gmail’s Smart Compose feature - The Verge
Reuters reports that this limitation was introduced after a research scientist at the company discovered the problem in January this year. The researcher was typing “I am meeting an investor next week” in a message when Gmail suggested a follow-up question, “Do you want to meet him,” misgendering the investor.

Gmail product manager Paul Lambert told Reuters that his team tried to fix this problem in a number of ways but none were reliable enough. In the end, says Lambert, the easiest solution was simply to remove these types of replies all together, a change that Google says affects fewer than one percent of Smart Compose predictions. Lambert told Reuters that it pays to be cautious in cases like these as gender is a “big, big thing” to get wrong.
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12 weeks ago by lemeb

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