[Campus Conversations] Welcome to the Machine: Racism in Artificial Intelligence

7:00 pm

Why do certain search terms result in racially specific results? A search for “cute baby” yields images of a white child, while the search for a “basketball player” generates pictures of black NBA superstars. Machine Bias, or Algorithm Bias, is something that most citizens would not immediately recognize. However, systemic racism has become institutionalized in artificial intelligence and needs to be addressed. This presentation focuses on machine bias, why it exists, and the challenges of creating a technology that is unprejudiced and impartial.

This event is open to members of the GMercyU, SEPCHE, and CMHE communities.


About Campus Conversations:

Each fall, Gwynedd Mercy University offers Campus Conversations, a series of lectures, panel discussions, and presentations whose purpose is three-fold: to generate conversation as part of our commitment to intellectual inquiry and lifelong learning; to address relevant, timely, and meaningful topics that speak to our mission and core values; to highlight the expertise of our faculty and other scholars in relevant disciplines. This year’s theme is Systemic Racism.

The purpose of this series of Campus Conversations is to talk about the differences, making sure that all sides are represented. This is not a forum to disseminate propaganda, but a chance to talk about the issues that surround these troubling events, with an eye toward educating on all fronts. Remember, the opposite of education is ignorance, something we should all aspire to destroy.