Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently began sounding the alarm about the potential pitfalls of using algorithms to automate human decision-making. She recently pointed out a fundamental problem with artificial intelligence (AI): “Algorithms are still made by human beings… if you don’t fix the bias, then you are just automating the bias.” She has continued to raise the issue on social media.
Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the only person questioning whether machines offer a foolproof way to improve decision-making by removing human error and bias. Algorithms are increasingly deployed to inform important decisions on everything from loans and insurance premiums to job and immigration applications.
However, numerous examples show that machines don’t necessarily fix our biases – they mirror them. If we’re not careful, they can further entrench existing disparities… [A]lgorithms can only make things fairer if we pay close attention to how they replicate systemic social biases and how they benefit and harm different groups of people…
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This article was produced by Footnote in partnership with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. It shares research from the center’s Privacy Tools Project and Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative.