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Ever wonder how facial recognition technology works? Does artificial intelligence have a bias? Explore these questions and more as filmmaker Shalini Kantayya explores algorithmic oppression and what can be done about it.
Thursday, Dec. 2nd
6:00 pm “Coded Bias”
7:30 pm Virtual Q&A with filmmaker Shalini Kantayya
HAGFORS 150A & B
About the Film
When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that many facial recognition technologies misclassify women and darker-skinned faces, she is compelled to investigate further and start the Algorithmic Justice League. It turns out that artificial intelligence, which was defined by a homogeneous group of men, is not neutral. What Buolamwini learns about widespread bias in algorithms drives her to push the U.S. government to create the first-ever legislation to counter the far-reaching dangers of bias in a technology that is steadily encroaching on our lives. Centering on the voices of women leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected, Coded Bias asks two key questions: what is the impact of Artificial Intelligence’s increasing role in governing our liberties? And what are the consequences for people stuck in the crosshairs due to their race, color, and gender?
This event is sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, Film, and New Media and the the Department Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science.