Gmail’s Smart Compose algorithm no longer uses what words?

Answer: Gender-specific pronouns.

by / November 28, 2018

Google recently revealed the change, which will hopefully stamp out any gender bias in the algorithm. According to Reuters, the issue was discovered when a research scientist with the company wrote about meeting an investor, and the system suggested “Do you want to meet him?” as a follow-up question, assuming the investor was male.

Gmail Product Manager Paul Lambert said that the Smart Compose team has tried a number of solutions that would allow the gender-based pronouns to still be used, but none were 100 percent successful at eliminating the potential for bias. Fortunately, Lambert also said that less than 1 percent of suggestion cases are affected, so the change shouldn’t be too difficult for Gmail’s team or its users.

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