Google: Please Stop Telling Lies About Me

A few years ago, one of my daughters told me that she had done a Google search on my name and seen a little box with my picture, which said I was an “Israeli computer scientist”. More recently Google asked me to verify my identity with regard to this box and their “knowledge graph”, so I did this, and immediately requested that they no longer say I was Israeli; once again nothing happened. This whole thing brings home to me a lot of the discussion about ethics of Google and indeed unaccountable AI algorithms. Presumably Google’s algorithm picked up that I was born in Israel (which is true) and therefore decided I must be Israeli (which is false). The real world is full of special situations (“edge cases” to developers), and I’m not surprised that Google’s algorithm does not do the right thing in my particular edge case.