An Image Depixelator That Whitewashes People of Color Has Opened Rifts in the AI Community

The debate is between engineers who blame datasets and others who say the problems are much deeper

The face depixelation tool being used on Barack Obama's face
An AI tool that depixelates faces has become a flashpoint in a debate about AI bias. @Chicken3gg/Twitter

The experimental tool seemed innocuous enough at first glance: Plug in a pixelated image of a face and it would generate a higher-resolution mock-up using machine learning.

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@patrickkulp patrick.kulp@adweek.com Patrick Kulp is an emerging tech reporter at Adweek.