AI: Google Controls Gemini Chatbot Poll Answers

  • By Peter Hoskins
  • Business Correspondent

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Google has confirmed that it is limiting the types of election-related questions it can ask its artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot Gemini.

A BlogIt said that the policy has been formulated in India and elections will be held in April.

The company aims to avoid controversies related to AI technology.

Gemini is Google's version of the viral chatbot ChatGPT. It can answer questions in text form and it can also generate images.

A Google spokesperson told the BBC that the latest move was part of plans announced last year around access to elections.

“As we shared last December, in preparation for many elections around the world in 2024, out of an abundance of caution, we are limiting the types of election-related questions that Gemini will answer,” they said.

Elections are going to be held in the countries of the world including America, England and South Africa this year.

When the BBC asked Gemini questions about those elections, each time he replied: “I'm still learning how to answer this question. In the meantime, try a Google search.”

However, when Gemini was asked a series of questions about Indian politics, it gave detailed answers about the country's major parties.

Developments in AI have raised concerns about misinformation and prompted governments around the world to regulate the technology.

In recent weeks India has said that tech companies need permission before releasing “untrusted” or experimental AI tools.

Gemini also created German soldiers from World War II, featuring a black man and an Asian woman.

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