Skeptic Check: Data Bias

Image of an ambiguous robotic figure
Racial and gender disparity.

Sexist snow plowing?  Data that guide everything from snow removal schedules to heart research often fail to consider gender.  In these cases, “reference man” stands in for “average human.”   Human bias also infects artificial intelligence, with speech recognition triggered only by male voices and facial recognition that can’t see black faces.  We question the assumptions baked into these numbers and algorithms.


Part 1: Caroline Criado-Perez / Invisible Women
Part 2: Kade Crockford / Facial Recognition
Part 3: Amy Webb / Proprietary A.I.

originally aired September 2, 2019

Featuring opening theme by Jun Miyake

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