Google has announced its intention to temporarily disable all responses to questions about religious figures after coming under serious criticism this week for lack of proper programming of its smart audio technology, Google Home. This technology failed to answer questions about Jesus but yet, it answered questions about muhammad buddha and satan. This led to a serious provocation in the christian community and hence tough criticism for the technology.
After being accused of having an “agenda” and bias against Jesus and Christianity, Google released a statement on Twitter on Friday saying it was temporarily disabling all responses to questions about religious figures.
“[Google Assistant] might not reply in cases where web content is more vulnerable to vandalism and spam,” a spokesperson for Google said. “If our systems detect such circumstances, the Assistant might not reply. If similar vulnerabilities were detected for other questions — including those about other religious leaders — the Assistant also wouldn’t respond. We’re exploring different solutions and temporarily disabling these responses for religious figures on the Assistant.”
Television producer, author and speaker David Sams, who helped bring international attention to Google’s perceived bias against Christianity, posted a Facebook Live video showing Google Home’s updated responses to various religious figures.
“Religion can be complicated and I’m still learning,” Google Home responded to each of the religious names Sams asked about.
Sams celebrated Google’s response as a “victory” because he believes Jesus has now been given equal treatment to other religious figures. “It’s better to be on par, than you don’t know who Jesus is,” he said.
The controversy began because the device can play your music, call your friends, and answer almost any question that can be found on the internet. However, when asked who was Jesus, Jesus Christ or God the smart speaker previously said it did not know the answer.
“Sorry, I’m not sure how to help” or “My apologies I don’t understand,” Google Home responded before the recent programming update.
This technology was not taken lightly because it tried to treat other religions above christianity and also treated other religious heads above Jesus.