Bias in Machine Learning

By Data Science Renee | Articles about Bias in Machine Learning Algorithms / Data Science, and how to combat it

The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech

These days, big data, artificial intelligence and the tech platforms that put them to work have huge influence and power. Algorithms choose the information we see when we go online, the jobs we get, the colleges to which we’re admitted and the credit cards and insurance we are issued. It goes …

Four ethical priorities for neurotechnologies and AI

Artificial intelligence and brain–computer interfaces must respect and preserve people's privacy, identity, agency and equality, say Rafael Yuste, …

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We're building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she …

Artificial Intelligence

Why AI Is Still Waiting For Its Ethics Transplant | Backchannel

<b>There’s no lack of reports</b> on the ethics of artificial intelligence. But most of them are lightweight—full of platitudes about “public-private …

Intelligence

We Asked Men and Women to Wear Sensors at Work. They Act the Same but Are Treated Very Differently

Gender equality remains frustratingly elusive. Women are underrepresented in the C-suite, receive lower salaries, and are less likely to receive a critical first promotion to manager than men. Numerous causes have been suggested, but one argument that persists points to differences in men and …

Gender

Your Data Are Probably Biased And That's Becoming A Massive Problem

Beware of black boxes<p>Nobody sets out to be biased, but it's harder to avoid than you would think. Wikipedia lists over 100 documented biases from authority bias and confirmation bias to the Semmelweis effect, we have an enormous tendency to let things other than the facts to affect our judgments. …

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Can we teach robots ethics?

<b>We are not used to the idea of machines making ethical decisions, but the day when they will routinely do this - by themselves - is fast approaching. So how, asks the BBC's David Edmonds, will we teach them to do the right thing?</b><p>The car arrives at your home bang on schedule at 8am to take you to …

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How Machine Learning Advances Will Improve the Fairness of Algorithms

<b>By Jennifer T. Chayes, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director, Microsoft Research, and ACM Fellow</b><p>Machine learning (ML) is a subfield of computer science in which algorithms learn by recognizing patterns in data. For example, our personal assistants, like Cortana, Siri, and Alexa, learn how …

Machine Learning

Data Alone Isn’t Ground Truth

… and why you should always carry a healthy dose of skepticism in your back pocket.<p>I saw a chart the other day that highlighted the importance of …

Machines Taught by Photos Learn a Sexist View of Women

Last fall, University of Virginia computer science professor Vicente Ordóñez noticed a pattern in some of the guesses made by image-recognition …

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Tech’s sexism doesn’t stay in Silicon Valley. It’s in the products you use.

It was a rough weekend at Google.<p>On Friday, a 10-page memo titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” started circulating on the company’s internal networks, arguing that the disparities between men and women in tech and leadership roles were rooted in biology, not bias. By Saturday afternoon, the …

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Undocumented suspensions persisted in D.C. schools despite repeated alerts

Over the past seven years, city officials, teachers and attorneys for special-education students have repeatedly alerted D.C. Public Schools to cases of student suspensions that were not properly documented. And yet the problem has persisted.<p>The Washington Post reported last week that in 2016 and …

Education

You Say Data, I Say System

In the fall of 2009, I wrote a pair of algorithms to place nearly 3,000 names on the 9/11 memorial in Manhattan. The crux of the problem was to …

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Two Giants of AI Team Up to Head Off the Robot Apocalypse

There’s nothing new about worrying that superintelligent machines may endanger humanity, but the idea has lately become hard to avoid.<p>A spurt of …

A pioneering computer scientist wants algorithms to be regulated like cars, banks, and drugs

It’s convenient when Facebook can tag your friends in photos for you, and it’s fun when Snapchat can apply a filter to your face. Both are examples of algorithms that have been trained to recognize eyes, noses, and mouths with consistent accuracy.<p>When these programs are wrong—like when Facebook …

'A white mask worked better': why algorithms are not colour blind

When Joy Buolamwini found that a robot recognised her face better when she wore a white mask, she knew a problem needed fixing<p>Joy Buolamwini is a graduate researcher at the MIT Media Lab and founder of the Algorithmic Justice League – an organisation that aims to challenge the biases in …

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Why UX Design For Machine Learning Matters

How you make machine learning transparent to users is one of the great design challenges of our time—but a necessary one.<p>Machine learning is going to radically change product design. But what is the future of machine learning? Is it the singularity, flying cars, voiceless commands, or an Alexa that …

Python Meets Plato: Why Stanford Should Require Computer Science Students to Study Ethics

by Antigone Xenopouloshttps://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/philosophyplus/When he was 21, Bill Sourour, a programmer and teacher, was hired by a marketing firm to …

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Investigating Bias In AI Language Learning

A new study has revealed that AI systems, such as Google Translate, acquire the same cultural biases as humans.While this isn't a surprising finding, …

Melinda Gates and Fei-Fei Li Want to Liberate AI from “Guys With Hoodies”

These two female technologists discuss the promises of artificial intelligence — and how to diversify the field.<p>Artificial intelligence has a …

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Taser Will Use Police Body Camera Videos “to Anticipate Criminal Activity”

When civil liberties advocates discuss the dangers of new policing technologies, they often point to sci-fi films like “RoboCop” and “Minority …

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Courts Are Using AI to Sentence Criminals. That Must Stop Now

There is a stretch of highway through the Ozark Mountains where being data-driven is a hazard.<p>WIRED OPINION<p>About<p>Jason Tashea (@justicecodes), a …

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New England Machine Learning Hackathon: Hacking Bias in ML

Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it

When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees "Solarfri" posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means …

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AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals

Machine learning algorithms are picking up deeply ingrained race and gender prejudices concealed within the patterns of language use, scientists say<p>An artificial intelligence tool that has revolutionised the ability of computers to interpret everyday language has been shown to exhibit striking …

Machine Learning

Bias test to prevent algorithms discriminating unfairly

COMPUTERS are getting ethical. A new approach for testing whether algorithms contain hidden biases aims to prevent automated systems from …

Machine Learning

Estola 5 20-16 ml_conf - when recommendation systems go bad

My talk from MLConf Seattle 2016<p>When Recommendations Systems Go Bad: Machine learning and recommendations systems have changed the way we interact with not just the internet, but some of the basic products and services that we use to run our lives.<p>While the reach and impact of big data and …

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Can Alexa Lie?

There was a recent tabloid piece featuring a video of a woman asking Alexa if it was connected to the CIA. At the time, the Echo Dot she was speaking …

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