When algorithms are racist

Joy Buolamwini speaking at TEDx

This article on the biases of algorithmic decision making is notable for two reasons. The first is that it comes from  a national newspaper, suggesting that the issue is becoming more visible to less specialised audiences. The second is that it includes a superbly pithy statement of the problem:

Our past dwells within our algorithms.

There is also an eight minute TEDx talk, mostly covering the same ground, but putting a strong emphasis in the final minute on the need for diversity and inclusion in coding and introducing the Algorithmic Justice League, a collective which aims to highlight and address algorithmic bias.

Joy Buolamwini – The Observer

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