Can algorithms be racist?

The rise of artificial intelligence necessitates careful attention to inadvertent bias that can perpetuate discriminatory practices and exclusionary experiences for people of all shades.

Joy Boulamwini


If this concept is true, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Healthcare, robot police, autonomous vehicles and even the sex robot industry are influenced by the creators of the technology, whether consciously or subconsciously.

Even more concerning is the unintended effect of training Artificial Intelligence algorithms using mostly western culture, Caucasian faces and language structures.

#7SInsight: We need more people of colour, not to be hired more by the big tech companies, but to actively start building IP and adding value to the emerging tech industries, such as AI, robotics, intelligent software and next-gen hardware. Only then will we have a stake in our economic future, where technology and platforms are becoming more and more ubiquitous and indiscernible from our everyday activities.


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Credit to the author: Joy Boulamwini