Th/20/June/14:30 - 15:30 Programmed Prejudices. Algorithms and Discrimination
Panel discussion Speaker: Lorena Jaume-Palasí, Angie Abdilla, Noel Sharkey Presented by: Carsten Knop Language: English with German interpretation E-Werk, Maschinensaal
Artificial intelligence and algorithms are used increasingly frequently to help people make complex decisions. Seemingly objective and unbiased, such programmes are in fact enormously influenced by prejudices prevalent in society. Search-engine results discriminate against entire population groups; job application software disadvantages people from migrant backgrounds. This becomes threatening when procedures like predictive policing use your skin colour or postcode as decisive criteria in calculating the probability that you will commit crimes in future. Where do algorithms get their prejudices from? And how can this problem be tackled?