|I just received an email from Google Cloud Platform:|
Hello Google Cloud Vision API customer,
We are writing to let you know that starting February 19, 2020, the Cloud Vision API will no longer return gendered labels such as 'man' and 'woman' that describe persons in an image when using the ‘LABEL_DETECTION’ feature.
What do I need to know?
As you know, the Cloud Vision API can perform feature detection on a local image file for the purpose of identifying persons by sending the contents of the image file through ‘LABEL_DETECTION’.
Currently, when you request the API to annotate an image with labels, if you use this feature on images with people, it may return labels describing them in an image with gendered terms, like ‘man’ or 'woman’.
Given that a person’s gender cannot be inferred by appearance, we have decided to remove these labels in order to align with the Artificial Intelligence Principles at Google, specifically Principle #2: Avoid creating or reinforcing unfair bias.