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Episode 7

“Siri, is artificial intelligence biased?”

Featuring: Meredith Broussard, Rediet Abebe, Stephanie Dinkins, Max Tegmark

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About this Episode

These days, if we want to know something, we ask Alexa or Siri. We increasingly rely on artificial intelligence to help us make big (and sometimes wrong) decisions about who gets a job, who gets a mortgage, and who gets sent to prison. Few people realize just how much AI is shaped by existing information and the limitations of the people building it. We talked to experts from MIT and Cornell to understand how AI leads to unfair decision making and exacerbates bias—and what we can do about it.