Oh Good Grief: CNN Warns About Robot Racism

Posted: Aug 01, 2019 5:35 PM
Oh Good Grief: CNN Warns About Robot Racism

Source: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

Robots, CNN wants you to know, are likely sold and created in the color white because humans are prejudiced against black people, thus the creators of this artificial intelligence infuse their personal racism into choosing the color of said robots.

"Have you ever noticed the popularity of white robots? The reason for these shades of technological white may be racism, according to new research," CNN tweeted. 

via CNN

"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.

These colors have been found to trigger social cues that determine how humans react to and behave toward other people and also, apparently, robots.

"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 responses on Twitter were pretty comical and also insightful into how ludicrous the claims were. 

One Twitter user commented that if the robots were black, then CNN would run an article explaining how they're not white to indicate slavery. Whatever the case, CNN continues to be a joke.

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