Stephen E. Arnold: Computers Learn Discrimination from People — Algorithms Embrace Bias

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Stephen E. Arnold
Stephen E. Arnold

Computers Learn Discrimination From Their Programmers

One of the greatest lessons one take learn from the Broadway classic South Pacific is that children aren’t born racist, rather they learn about racism from their parents and other adults.  Computers are supposed to be infallible, objective machines, but according to Gizmodo’s article, “Computer Programs Can Be As Biased As Humans.”  In this case, computers are “children” and they observe discriminatory behavior from their programmers.

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Phi Beta Iota: Artificial Stupidity is a much greater existential threat than Artificial Intelligence. The Internet has made it possible for people to be even lazier than the standard academic that goes through the motions with 1% of the data in a single language. Diversity is “filtered” by the Internet as individuals use social media to narrow their world-view, their inputs, their options. It can be said that the Internet — which does have enormous potential — is the opposite of education, and substitutes technology for thinking — opinions of convenience and control displace critical thinking and intuitive leaps of faith.

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