Human intelligence can produce infinite results, but its restrictiveness has led to the creation of an alternative intelligence—Artificial Intelligence (AI). Humans created and programmed computers to be universal machines that would help humans in their quest to achieve a technological revolution. But the Second World War led to the creation of AI technology, unifying electronics, automation, and mathematical theory and creating new branches of machine learning.
Now, machine learning has produced many technologies that have redefined the functions of humans in various fields of expertise. Machine learning has led to the genesis of Generative AI, which uses algorithms to create new data. Generative AI tools like ChatGPT, Midjourney, Variational AutoEncoders(VAE), etc., help to generate images. Now, an eating disorder awareness group, The Bulimia Project, has asked the AI to produce images of a perfect man and woman, and the results have fumed many netizens.
AI-Generated Men And Women Are Mostly White, Olive Skinned, And Blonde
Artificial intelligence has perpetuated social media’s beauty standards for both men and women.
The Bulimia Project has conducted research to test generative AI to create ideal images of men’s and women’s bodies as per the algorithm on social media. They used generative AI tools like Dallas 2, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion to create images of the perfect bodies of men and women.
The research put forth staggering results. As per AI, the features of an ideal man are height, dark eyes, a chiseled body, and enviable cheekbones. The ideal woman is tanned and white, with blonde hair and a perfectly carved body.
The results have exposed the inherent bias of technology superseding human intelligence. Around 70% of men had brown hair, and 23% had brown eyes. Most of them had olive skin. 40% of women were blonde, and around 30% of them had brown eyes.
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Twitteratis Are Angry Over The Results Generated By Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence has failed to produce the ideal bodies and features for men and women. Instead, it perpetuated the unattainable beauty standards that are already in existence. In conclusion, the organization said, “In the age of Instagram and Snapchat filters, no one can reasonably achieve the physical standards set by social media.”
It continued, “So, why try to meet unrealistic ideals? It’s both mentally and physically healthier to keep body image expectations squarely in the realm of reality.” The results have enraged netizens over the lack of diversity and accused the technology of racism.
White privilege even within AI
— Tarik G-Pepper (@sgpeppers) May 17, 2023
I do think it's funny how white centric it always is though. While it doesn't always have to be minority, I definitely think there are more Hispanic and Asian women that are hotter than that girl. And there are just more of those in the world anyway.
— RG | Moldy_Gecko (@MoldyGecko) May 17, 2023
AI is racist. Who knew?
— ᗰᗩᘜᘜIᗴ␈ (@MF_Ball) May 17, 2023
This is so toxic! So un-achievable and also there is zero diversity! This is just asking for young children to have body image issues! Why would this even be published?
— Pete (@Pete82006478) May 17, 2023
A friendly reminder that because people are biased and AI just steals from people, AI is too! There’s no such thing as the perfect man or woman, it’s just going to show what racist fatphobic incels feed it https://t.co/ksN04ZEcQK
— Sarah. Black Lives Matter. (@fandomxgoddess) May 18, 2023