Discrimination by algorithm: scientists devise test to detect AI bias

Researchers devise test to determine whether machine learning algorithms are introducing gender or racial biases into decision-making The test is aimed at machine learning programs, which learn to make predictions about the future by crunching through vast quantities of existing data. Photograph: Alamy There was the voice recognition software that struggled to understand women, the crime prediction algorithm that targeted black neighbourhoods and the online ad platform which was more likely to show men highly paid executive jobs. Concerns have been growing about AI’s so-called “white guy problem” and now scientists have devised a way to test whether an algorithm is introducing gender or racial biases into decision-making. Mortiz Hardt, a senior research scientist at Google who led the work, said: “Decisions based on machine learning can be both incredibly…


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