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There's Something Fishy About This Dog App

Apparently all Asians are Pekingese or Chinese Crested dogs.

Posted on February 12, 2016, at 6:31 p.m. ET

Yesterday, Microsoft released a new app called Fetch and an accompanying website, What-Dog.net, that identifies breeds of dogs in photos.

People have also been uploading photos of themselves or celebs to find out what dog breed they most look like:

TIM SLOAN / Getty / Via what-dog.net

But some people on Twitter have been noticing something strange...

this is the funniest thing that has happened to me in the past 3 days. https://t.co/8nuuTcOZg4 SAYS ALL LOOK SAME!

Hmm.

Jarry Lee

Weird.

Esther Wang

OK...

@jaycaspiankang @AdrianChen what the

HMMMMM.

Susan Cheng

HMMMMMMMMMM.

Johana Bhuiyan

Interesting...

Bryant Hua

I wonder what all these people have in common...

Cathy Ngo
Christina Lan

Fetch uses machine learning and dog breed data from experts to identify dogs and to "take an informed guess on what kind of dog you or your friends might be."


"This is the kind of app you're going to take out when you're with your friends," he says. "It's a lot of fun to learn about what dog you look like, and it comes up with surprising comparisons."

When asked why people of Asian descent seem to get the same two results, a Microsoft spokesperson told BuzzFeed that the app's algorithm doesn't explicitly take race into consideration:

The machine learning system explicitly does not take into account the racial or ethnic origins of the human. This app is intended to be fun, maps to human characteristics and not meant to reinforce any stereotype. Like any AI system, "Fetch!" becomes more accurate the more it's used. By using "Fetch!", people are helping to improve our results and make it more accurate.

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