The esteemed Cable News Network Thursday reported on a study that said most robots are white because of racial bias.
“Have you ever noticed the popularity of white robots?” the story opened.
Personally, I hadn’t noticed. Maybe it’s because I’m not a big sci-fi guy. Or maybe it’s because I’m sane. But CNN definitely noticed.
“The reason for these shades of technological white may be racism, according to new research,” the piece said.
“‘Robots And Racism,’ a study conducted by the Human Interface Technology Laboratory in New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) and published by the country’s University of Canterbury, suggests people perceive physically human-like robots to have a race and therefore apply racial stereotypes to white and black robots,” the report continued.
“The bias against black robots is a result of bias against African-Americans,” lead researcher Christoph Bartneck explained to The Next Web. He told CNN, “It is amazing to see how people who had no prior interaction with robots show racial bias towards them.”The researchers think this is an issue that needs to be addressed. “If robots are supposed to function as teachers, friends, or carers, for instance, then it will be a serious problem if all of these roles are only ever occupied by robots that are racialized as White,” according to the study.
You hear that racists? No more white robots!
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