“Annoying Hell”: Google Docs has “Warning Included” pop-ups telling users to choose “Chairman” instead of “Chairman” and other woke edicts

Google Docs recently launched a rollout of new “supportive writing” features, including a “inclusive warning” pop-up that lets users know if the words they’re typing don’t cut the mustard on the wax scale.

what are the details

The platform gives you the facts about theirs
Workspace Updates page., and even shows you what happens when a Google Docs user makes the unfortunate decision to enter the non-inclusive term “chairman” into a doc. Like a virtual slap on the wrist, the pop-up directs the user to choose the broader “Chairman”:

Image Source: Updated Google Docs Workspace user simulation screenshot

“Annoying as Hell”

Vice tested the feature and called it “damn annoying”.

After one of his employees typed the word “motherboard” — the name of the Vice department reporting on the new Google Docs feature — the inclusive warning popup indicated that “some of these words may not be inclusive for all readers.” . Consider using other words.”

The outlet added that journalist Rebecca Baird-Remba tweeted a sweeping warning she received about the word “landlord” — along with a suggestion to change it to “proprietor” or “proprietor.”

Vice also said that an excerpt from former President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address was typed in, and a suggestion came back to change the phrase “for all mankind” to “for all mankind.” However, the outlet added that a “transcribed interview of neo-Nazi and former Klan leader David Duke — in which he uses the N-word and talks about hunting black people — receives no notes.”

What does Google have to say?

Vice reported that Google said the feature is an “ongoing development.”

“Typing Assist uses language understanding models based on millions of common phrases and sentences to automatically learn how people communicate. This also means they may reflect some human cognitive biases,” a Google spokesperson said, according to the outlet. “Our technology is constantly improving, and we still (and may never) have a complete solution to identify and mitigate all unwanted word associations and biases.”

Additionally, the Workspace Updates page indicates that users can opt out of the new feature and accept or decline suggestions for new words or phrases.

Anything else?

Vice said if writers “want to be racist, sexist, or exclusionary in their writing, and [want] To put this in a Google doc, they should be allowed to do so without an algorithm trying to sanitize their intentions and confuse their readers. So we end up with dog whistles.”

The outlet added that “attempting to build confidence, sensitivity, and careful editing into the writing of humans using machine learning algorithms – already deeply flawed, often unintelligent technology – is misguided. Especially when it comes from a company that it is
Dealing with your own inner reckoning in inclusivity, diversity and mistreatment of workers advocating for better ethics in AI.”

(H/D:
Red State)

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Laura Coffey

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