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Humans are predisposed to make questionable decisions . We have biases, are driven by emotional responses, have poor predictive capabilities and struggle to factor in more than a few data points at once. That gives AI a decision-making edge over humans, one with the potential to not only make us smarter but also keep us impartial. The problem is that AI learns from data generated by human actions (with the assistance of explicit domain knowledge) and therefore mimics our biases. That leads to algorithms that reflect our racism, sexism and other prejudices. Many organizations— is an example—are focused on finding and fighting human bias. This work is necessary, and I applaud such valuable efforts. Full story

4 July