San Francisco recently passed an ordinance controlling the use of facial recognition in the city. The ordinance was in large part thanks to the pioneering research of Joy Buolamwini. The argument against the technology is twofold: first, the technology is highly invasive in public spaces and may constitute a direct threat to basic (US) constitutional […]
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If you teach/study computer science at a Historically Black College or University, or know of someone who does, please check out and pass along the site https://charlescearl.github.io/ai-hbcu/. I put it up a year or so ago to document the work being done at those institutions to increase the impact and participation of the African Diaspora in […]
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My colleague Carly Stambaugh has created an amazingly poetic neural network. Here’s your chance to check out the latest in post-modernist poetry and learn some more about LSTMs.
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A.I. and Big Data Could Power a New War on Poverty is the title of on op-ed in today’s New York Times by Elisabeth Mason. I fear that AI and Big Data is more likely to fuel a new War on the Poor unless a radical rethinking occurs. In fact this algorithmic War on the Poor […]
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The Black in AI workshop at this year’s NIPS conference could be among the most important events in artificial intelligence this year. Why? If you think the AI in your phone, car, or bathroom is free of racist or sexist biases, then respectfully give this op-ed by mathematician Cathy O’Neil a close read and begin educating yourself. Further, […]
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I’m building a list of Artificial Intelligence related activity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). If you would like to add to it, just send me an email. Why am I doing this? Last month in AI and the Souls of Black Folk, I tried to make a case that people from all walks of […]
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The impact of AI on communities of color — particularly through job displacement and policing — is now undeniable. Given that HBCUs have historically been on the forefront of technology education for the Black community, I am proposing to build a list of current activities (courses, research, seminars, clubs, etc.) at the HBCUs relevant to […]
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