The Algorithms of Bias

The New York Times: “Sexism, racism and other forms of discrimination are being built into the machine-learning algorithms that underlie the technology behind many intelligent’ systems that shape how we are categorized and advertised to.” For example: “Users discovered that Google’s photo app, which applies automatic labels to pictures in digital photo albums, was classifying images of black people as gorillas. Google apologized; it was unintentional.”

“This is fundamentally a data problem. Algorithms learn by being fed certain images, often chosen by engineers, and the system builds a model of the world based on those images.”


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