Notes from the Electronic Cottage 2/6/20: AI and Human Bias

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

We hear a lot about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning these days and the wondrous efficiency that they are bringing to so many tasks that once only humans could perform. But they’re also bringing biases as well because the machines were created by humans. Many people, including those in courthouses as well as in factories, imagine that machines are objective but they aren’t always. The fact that once machines begin learning on their own, even those who created them don’t know how they are doing what they are doing. That can be a big problem for folks who are trying to get a loan, buy insurance, apply for a job, or even apply for bail. Here’s why.