By its very nature, science is supposed to be an impartial judge. But is it really?
In her thought-provoking documentary “Coded Bias,” director Shalini Kantayya questions the neutrality of technology, arguing that computers have a built-in bias that reflects the faulty assumptions of the people (usually men) who program them.
Her emphasis is on the impact that such bias has on marginalized communities via law enforcement and corporations.
The film was sparked by the work of Joy Buolamwini, a PhD student at MIT who conducted facial recognition experiments using A.I. and had difficulty getting the technology to accurately process her face.
Investigating further, Buolamwini discovered that these programs struggle to register women more than men.
Delving into the root causes of these problems, the film serves as both a wake-up call (to invasive practices the public doesn’t yet realize are being implemented) and a call to action.
”Coded Bias” premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival.
Read the story at Variety.
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