Chinese messaging app error sees n-word used in translation

WeChat is blaming machine learning for erroneously converting a neutral phrase meaning ‘black foreigner’ into something far more offensive

Chinese messaging app WeChat has reportedly apologised after an AI error resulted in it translating a neutral Chinese phrase into the n-word.

The WeChat error was reported by Shanghai-based theatre producer and actor Ann James, a black American. In a post on the service’s Twitter-like Moments feature, she wrote that it had translated hei laowai – a neutral phrase which literally means “black foreigner” – as the n-word.

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Uber launches appeal against loss of London licence

Ride-hailing service’s licence expired on 30 September after TfL ruling, but it can continue operating during legal process

Uber will launch an appeal on Friday morning against Transport for London’s decision not to renew its private hire licence.

The ride-hailing service will lodge papers with Westminster magistrates’ court, starting an appeal process that will allow it to continue in the capital.

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Amazon suspends studio chief amid Weinstein scandal

Roy Price is accused of sexually harassing producer and ignoring actor’s allegation that Harvey Weinstein raped her

Amazon has put the head of its video content service on leave after he became embroiled in the widening scandal surrounding the disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Roy Price, who is in charge of Amazon Studios, is accused of sexually harassing Isa Hackett, the producer of one its best known shows, The Man in the High Castle. The actor Rose McGowan also claimed Price ignored her claim that Weinstein had raped her.

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‘Sophia’ the robot tells UN: ‘I am here to help humanity create the future’ – video

‘Sophia’ the life-size social robot speaks at the United Nations, telling the audience she is ‘a year-and-a-half old and I can see you, have a full conversation, make thousands of facial expressions and understand speech and meaning behind words’. It adds: ‘And I just got these new hands – check this out’ before moving its fingers. United Nations deputy secretary general Amina J Mohammed asks the robot a question about how the UN can help those without basic needs such as electricity. ‘Sophia’ quotes William Gibson before talking about how artificial intelligence is more efficient and can be used to better distribute resources. The robot thanks the audience before attempting a slightly forced smile.

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Facebook advertising ban leaves not-for-profit ‘dumbfounded’

Tote bag created by artist Frances Cannon features two nude women dancing but was ‘in no way meant to be controversial’

The Victorian Women’s Trust, a not-for-profit organisation that supports women and girls through research and advocacy, has been banned by Facebook from advertising a tote bag for sale as part of a fundraising drive.

The bag features a picture of two nude women dancing and was created by the Melbourne artist Frances Cannon, who uses her work to promote self-esteem, positive body image and self-love.

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