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New Google LGBTIQA+ Glossary Literally Erases Bisexuality/Pansexuality

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In a new LGBT+ glossary, aiming to educate the public and media on LGBT+ language and community, Google has literally erased bisexuality. Last week, the Google News Initiative announced the project in partnership with VideoOut, titled the “LGBTQ+ language and media literacy program”. The tool, essentially a glossary of 100 words that uses Google Trends to track the popularity of LGBT+ terms, was created with queer PhD linguists. But, despite being in the acronym used throughout the project, the word “bisexual” was left out of the glossary, as were “pansexual” and “Two Spirit“. Full Story from Pink News

FOR READERS: I Had to Look It Up

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FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Scott: Did you ever run across something in a spec fic book that you didn’t understand – sci fi, sex, whatever – that you had to look up? Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Chat on FacebookChat on MeWe

TECH: New Google AI is Homophobic

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Google Google has created an artificial intelligence bot – and it’s homophobic. The $500 billion company’s new software, Cloud Natural Language API, analyses statements to find out whether they’re positive or negative. It then gives users a “Sentiment” score from -1 all the way up to +1 – and the higher up the scale, the more positive it thinks your sentence is. “You can use it to understand sentiment about your product on social media or parse intent from customer conversations,” Google explains. The only issue is: it doesn’t like gay people. Just contrast the positive rating for “I’m straight” … Read more

Google Time Lapse Showcases Climate Change

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Google has released a stunning a new time-lapse video that uses satellite imagery to show the evolution of major destinations around the world over the last three decades. The images show both how certain areas of the world have exploded in terms of development. They also show the devastating effect of climate change on our earth. Via The Guardian: We can see, in these timelapse satellite videos, how the Earth is being torn apart by human acts. We can also see, in timelapse videos of Arctic ice, great glaciers melt before our eyes. Yet, are human beings capable of assimilating … Read more