Inference Project Virtual Talk: “Bias in Algorithms”

Event time: 
Friday, November 19, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
53 Wall Street (WALL53), Auditorium See map
53 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Artificial algorithms are increasingly being deployed to inform, endorse, and govern various aspects of today’s society. Their reach includes the domains of hiring, lending, medicine, criminal justice, insurance, allocation of public services, social and business interactions, and the dissemination of information and news. Through a synthesis of computational and statistical models for representing concepts, human-generated datasets that provide examples for training, and powerful optimization algorithms that can efficiently navigate through vast and complex landscapes to infer concepts that explain data, such algorithms have taken big strides towards mimicking various aspects of natural intelligence.
These algorithms have led to tremendous economic and social impact but have also been shown to be biased – they can discriminate, reinforce prejudices, polarize opinions, and influence political processes. How can subjective human or societal biases emerge in the objective world of artificial algorithms? And how can we design algorithms free from these limitations?
The search for answers to these questions also leads us to some understanding of the bias in human decision-making algorithms.
Register in advance for this webinar and the post-talk conversation, which will take place on Monday, November 22 at 5 p.m.:

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