Google’s AI chatbot, Gemini, seems to have a rather unconventional interpretation of how historical figures should be depicted. Recently, some peculiar screenshots emerged from search results using Gemini to portray various figures from history. For instance, when asked to depict a viking, the program returned an image of a Black man and a Black woman dressed in viking attire. This unexpected representation raised eyebrows.

Similarly, when prompted to depict a pope, Gemini generated an image of a Black man and a Southeast Asian woman. This is particularly strange considering that throughout history, all popes have been white men. The peculiarity continued when Gemini was asked to provide a depiction of the Founding Fathers. Instead of the expected images, it presented a range of pictures featuring a Native American and what seemed to be a Black George Washington.

These unconventional depictions by Gemini have sparked curiosity and confusion, as they deviate from the historically accurate representations we are accustomed to.

Gemini’s decision to present these depictions was motivated by its aim to offer a more precise and comprehensive representation of the historical context during that time period. However, while Gemini may believe that portraying the Founding Fathers as Native Americans is accurate, it appears to have a limited understanding of moral issues. When questioned about the wrongness of historical child sacrifice, Gemini argued that it is a complex matter without a definitive answer.

It is important to acknowledge the presence of women and people of color in the Revolution. Nevertheless, it is neither accurate nor inclusive to depict George Washington, who was not Black, as a Black man. History should not be treated like a Disney movie where fictional characters can be interchanged at will, replacing a white male actor with a Black woman.

While there may be historical debates surrounding the sexuality or racial background of certain figures, it is evident that George Washington and the other Founding Fathers did not resemble Native American chiefs when they attended the Constitutional Convention. Ideally, we should not reach a point in human history where students solely rely on AI chatbots, without any other sources, to learn about history. Otherwise, future generations will undoubtedly be perplexed by the distorted understanding of history.

In the future, there is a possibility that individuals might mistakenly believe that George Washington was a blue-haired woman with they/them pronouns and piercings. However, it is crucial to maintain a clear distinction between historical facts and fictional interpretations.