Artificial intelligence (AI) has become an integral part of our lives, impacting various aspects of society. However, a new book by Joy Buolamwini titled “Unveiling Artificial Intelligence” sheds light on the dark side of AI and its hidden biases. In […]
Artificial intelligence (AI) has become an integral part of our lives, impacting various aspects of society. However, a new book by Joy Buolamwini titled “Unveiling Artificial Intelligence” sheds light on the dark side of AI and its hidden biases. In a captivating interview, Buolamwini discusses why she became one of the leading scientists and critics of AI, and why we should all be concerned about her work.
Buolamwini’s book is described as a compelling and comprehensive guide that addresses urgent and profound issues stemming from the rapid growth of AI. Initially, she had aspirations of creating innovative and cool robots. Instead, she discovered deep-rooted biases and racism embedded in fundamental AI systems that increasingly dictate rules in our lives and workplaces.
During her research, Buolamwini co-authored a groundbreaking study revealing the inaccuracies of facial recognition systems developed by tech giants like Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook. These systems often misidentify women, especially women of color, at a significantly higher rate than white males.
Motivated by her findings, Buolamwini founded the Algorithmic Justice League to uncover and combat the effects of bias in AI. “When AI systems determine your employment, college admissions, or access to medical treatments, these biases become much harder to detect,” she explains.
To delve deeper into the growth of AI and its impact on our humanity, Buolamwini will join the L.A. Times Book Club in a live-streamed event on November 14th. She will be accompanied by Fei-Fei Li, the author of “Seeing the World”, another influential voice working towards building a more inclusive future of AI that tackles societal issues. Li is renowned for co-founding the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI and establishing AI4ALL, a nonprofit organization focused on providing opportunities for underrepresented individuals, including girls and people of color, to study computer science.
This live event, hosted by Jazmin Aguilera and Brian Merchant, the author of “Blood in the Machine,” will provide a platform for meaningful discussions on AI’s influence and implications. Register to gain access to the event’s live stream and a signed copy of the book. Share your questions and comments on Eventbrite or via email at [email protected].