Playground AI converts Asian-American student into Caucasian

Occurred: July 2023

Image generator Playground AI changed the face of Asian-American Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student Rona Wang into a Caucasian, fueling accusations that the system is racist.

Wang, 24, said she used text-to-image generator Playground AI to convert an image of her in an MIT sweatshirt into 'a professional LinkedIn profile photo.' The system returned an image of her with a a fairer complexion, dark blonde hair, and blue eyes.

Wang told, 'Wow, does this thing think I should become white to become more professional?’

Playground AI founder Suhail Doshi responded to incident by saying 'models aren’t instructable like that' and will pick 'any generic thing based on the prompt.' He later confessed to being 'quite displeased with this and hope to solve it.'

Operator: Rona Wang; Playground AI
Developer: Playground AI
Country: USA
Sector: Media/entertainment/sports/arts
Purpose: Generate image
Technology: Text-to-image; Generative adversarial network (GAN); Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning
Issue: Bias/discrimination - race, ethnicity