Gemini’s Image Generation Capabilities Not as Strong as They Used to be Thanks to a Nerf From Google

Veloz Lamma

Gemini’s Image Generation Capabilities Not as Strong as They Used to be Thanks to a Nerf From Google

Gemini, Google’s generative AI chatbot, recently went through a debacle where it ended up generating inaccurate and offensive imagery and following the instance, the company has decided to nerf its image generation capabilities until a fix can be found and services can be resumed.

Gemini lands itself in hot waters over some troubled image generation of people of certain ethnicities

Google talks about how Gemini is a separate product entity, which makes it so that it is not directly linked to Search, its AI models, and other services that it provides. Once the app was ready, Google manually tuned the model so the image generation could be diverse instead of showing bias towards certain groups of people or ethnicities, and it makes sense that Google did this because it was done to ensure that users from different areas of the world can use the app without running into any major issues.

However, none of the countermeasures could have prevented what happened afterward. Gemini could not account for use cases where the users were actually looking for a certain ethnicity to be present in an image. This led to some really strange prompts, such as a “Black teacher in a classroom,” which caused the model to generate incorrect as well as offensive images. In some cases, it even refused to generate images in the first place. The reason is that the model considered them sensitive even though they weren’t.

So, what is Google’s stance on this whole situation? Well, the company has gone ahead and shut down the ability to generate images of people in Gemini. The company has talked about how it will enable it once the issue is fixed after the whole model goes through extensive testing. Google has also talked about how AI models are not perfect, and despite being advanced from when they were introduced, they still have the tendency to hallucinate, which can cause issues.

As for the timeline, Google really has not shared one, and we are going to have to wait for the Gemini image generation to be up and ready. We do hope that when it does come back, it comes back better than before and a lot better at creating images.

News Source: Google Blog

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