Amazing! This is what Google has done to reduce biases in its service
Internet search engine Google has started rolling out a feature that provides feminine and masculine translations for some gender-neutral words on the Google Translate website. Google plans to bring it to more languages soon, as it is available only for a few languages. The bid is, however, to reduce gender biases in its translation service.
With this feature, one can now translate single words from English to languages like French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish. As of now, translations for short phrases and sentences that mention a person in a gender-neutral way is available for the English and Turkish language pair. Image source: Reuters
"In the future, we plan to extend gender-specific translations to more languages, launch on other Translate surfaces like our iOS and Android apps, and address gender bias in features like query auto-complete," James Kuczmarski, Product Manager, Google Translate, said in a blog post yesterday. Image source: Reuters