Proposed session: Collaborative approaches to combating prejudice in in / through tech

Last week there was an article published by the Guardian on the transference of racial and gender prejudices from human programmers to AI systems.  Since technology has become central to our lived experiences, it is evermore necessary to examine the relationship between human and machine and their mutual affects.

I propose a talk(?) session on working collaboratively to combat prejudice in the digital age through humanist approaches to technological design and application.

 

Co-facilitators wanted!


Devlin, H. “AI Programs Exhibit Racial and Gender Biases, Research Reveals.” The Guardian. April 13, 2017. www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/13/ai-programs-exhibit-racist-and-sexist-biases-research-reveals 

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About Stephanie Birch

I am the African American Studies Librarian at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries. As the AAS librarian, I work with UF students and faculty, as well as the general public to support curricular and independent research relating to black cultures, histories, and experiences.My research interests include the promotion of social change through indigenous knowledges, collective agency, and informal community organizations. My most recent and ongoing research projects focus on the social economics of indigenous dress in East Africa, fashion activism in Africa, and transnational African Diasporic religions in the digital age.

2 Responses to Proposed session: Collaborative approaches to combating prejudice in in / through tech

  1. Laurie says:

    I definitely want to learn from this important discussion. I hope we have many folks in on this conversation because technology is never neutral, and we must be actively engaged in technology lest technology be seen as an invisible and objective and neurtal force–which it is not–and the real world violence that creates and allows. Thank you for posting this important session!

  2. Diana Dombrowski says:

    Psyched to co-facilitate with you! :) Looking forward to these discussions!

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