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Intel’s new AI helps you get just the right amount of hate speech in your game chat

The Intel chip aggregation was founded in 1968. It’s bushwhacked a trail of technology and addition in the decades since to become one of the arch manufacturers of computer chips worldwide.

But never mind all that. Because we live in a world where Kodak is a failed cryptocurrency aggregation that’s now ambidextrous drugs and anybody still thinks Elon Musk invented the tunnel.

Which means that here in this, the darkest timeline, we’re stuck with the adaptation of Intel that uses AI to power “White nationalism” sliders and “N-word” toggles for video game chat.

Behold ‘Bleep,’ in all its stupid glory:

What you’re seeing is the UI for Bleep. An AI-powered software band-aid featuring a series of sliders and toggles that allow you to actuate how much hate speech, in a given category, you want to hear when you’re chatting with people in multiplayer games.

If you’re apprehensive what or who this is for: join the crowd. This feels like the kind of band-aid you get when you apply the “there are no bad ideas” and “failure is not an option” philosophies in equal parts to a botheration you have no business acclamation in the first place.

To be clear, I’m saying: even if it worked perfectly, Bleep is just a Rube Goldberg apparatus that replaces your mute button. Censoring doesn’t help anyone when the ambience and their absence make the speaker’s ambition clear anyway.

Hate speech isn’t a magic abracadabra we must treat like “He Whose Name We Do Not Say.” It’s a botheration that needs to be addressed at social levels far beyond annihilation Intel can solve with deep learning. And, furthermore, I don’t think it’s going to work.

I think Intel’s AI analysis is absurd and they do amazing work. But I don’t think you can solve or even abode hate speech with accustomed accent processing. In fact, I accept it’s sadly ironic that anyone would try.

AI is biased adjoin any accent that doesn’t sound audibly white and American or British. Couple that fact with these tidbits: humans attempt to analyze hate speech in real-time, hate speech evolves at the speed of memes, and there should be no adequate level of hate speech adequate (thus tacitly endorsed) by a aggregation through an alternate software interface.

The time Intel spent developing and training an AI to actuate how much hate speech directed at assorted boyhood groups beyond the line amid “none,” “some,” “most,” and “all,” or teaching it to detect the “N-word and all its variants,” could have been spent doing article more constructive.

Bleep, as a solution, is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

And we’re never going to forget it. Perhaps Intel’s never heard of this thing called social media where, from now until the end of time, we’ll see images from the Bleep interface used to de-nuance the abode on racial injustice.

So, thanks for that. At least the UI looks good. 

Published April 8, 2021 — 20:08 UTC

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