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Whiteness of AI: Digital Planet - BBC World Service

Podcast by Kanta Dihal

Programme Synopisis (starts 11m 24s in)

Whiteness in AI
Portrayals of artificial intelligence – from the faces of robots to the voices of virtual assistants – is overwhelmingly white and removes people of colour from the way humanity thinks about its technology-enhanced future. That’s according to a new paper by Dr. Kanta Dihal, researcher at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, which suggests that current stereotypical representations of AI risk creating a “racially homogenous” tech workforce, building machines with bias baked into their algorithms.

Originally broadcast 11 August 2020.

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