Open source Google search on skin tone to improve inclusiveness

Google has worked with researchers to make its products and services more inclusive for people with darker skin. Now the company is open supply much of this work. The company makes its skin tone research widely available as part of its efforts to create “more responsible AI”. The research so far has resulted in the Monk Skin Tone Scale (MST), a scale “designed to be easy to use for technology development and evaluation while representing a wider range of skin tones.”

The scale is meant to more accurately reflect the diversity of different skin tones, Google says, and was developed with Harvard professor Dr. Ellis Monk. The work will help the AI ​​more precisely “to see” a wider range of skin tones, especially darker ones.

This search will be more obvious to users in search results and in Google’s Photos app to begin with. For search, Google uses the MST scale to show results that are more inclusive of darker skin tones. For example, searches related to makeup will come with a filter to adjust for different skin tones so users can find the most relevant results for them.

Google is making search results more inclusive for different skin tones.

In Photos, Google is also using the MST scale to power a new set of “Real Tone filters.” According to Google, these filters are “designed to work well on all skin tones” and “a wider assortment of looks.”

Eventually, Google says it will integrate the MST scale into more of its products and services. It also works to make it easier for brands, creators, and publishers to label content to scale so that search is better able to bring up results for different hair textures and colors. also.

Google is not the first company to undertake this type of work. Pinterest has launched features to better detect various skin tones and different hair texture. Snapchat also conducted research to make its camera more inclusive of darker skin tones. But with Google making its work open source, these kinds of advances could become much more common.

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