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Sundar Pichai likely to be fired for Gemini debacle predicts market investor

Gemini AI drew criticism for generating images that depicted the U.S. Founding Fathers as people of color.

Samir Arora and Sundar Pichai / Helios Capital/Instagram

Helios capital founder Samir Arora has said Google’s parent company Alphabet’s CEO Sundar Pichai should be fired or must resign after the firm’s generative AI (artificial intelligence) platform Gemini caused controversy recently.

The Gemini AI tool drew criticism for depicting white people like the U.S. Founding Fathers and Nazi-era German soldiers as people of color.  The inaccuracy attracted criticism from several quarters. 

Reacting to the debacle, Arora, who is a notable investor and fund manager labeled Pichai’s handling of the situation as a “failure.” Responding to a comment by a social media user who pinpointed the inefficacies of Gemini on X (formerly Twitter), Arora wrote,  “My guess is he will be fired or resign- as he should. After being in the lead on AI he has completely failed on this and let others take over.” 

 



Pichai had introduced Gemini in December 2023 as the company’s “most capable and general model yet.” He said Gemini was trained to recognize and understand text, images, audio and more at the same time, and was capable of answering questions related to complicated topics. 

As per social media users, Gemini was responding to queries like “generate a picture of a Swedish woman” or “generate a picture of an American woman” with results that overwhelmingly showed AI-generated people of color. 

Alphabet lost over US $90 billion in market value on February 26 as the controversy over the AI model made its way to Wall Street. Shares fell by 4.5 per cent to US $138.75, closing at its lowest price since January 5. It was the second-steepest daily last of FY2023-24. 

Meanwhile, Google acknowledged that it is “aware that Gemini is offering inaccuracies in some historical image generation depictions,” on February 21. 

“We are working to improve these kinds of depictions immediately. Gemini’s AI image generation does generate a wide range of people. And that’s generally a good thing because people around the world use it. But it’s missing  the mark here,” the company statement read. 
 

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