PowerTransformer uses AI to rewrite text to correct gender biases in character portrayals

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Unconscious biases are pervasive in text and media. For example, female characters in stories are often portrayed as passive and powerless while men are portrayed as more proactive and powerful. According to a McKinsey study of 120 movies across ten markets, the ratio of male to female characters was 3:1 in 2016, the same it's been since 1946. Motivated by this, researchers at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the University of Washington created PowerTransformer, a tool that aims to rewrite text to correct implicit and potentially undesirable bias in character portrayals. They claim that PowerTransformer is a major a step toward mitigating well-documented gender bias in movie scripts, as well as other scripts in other forms of media.

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