AI systems might put gender equality, a fundamental right and value of the European Union, at risk. Any discrimination based on gender (or any other basis, such as age or race) is prohibited by EU anti-discriminatory laws. Nevertheless, gender-based discrimination still manages to work its way into the algorithms running our day-to-day lives. How can we eradicate gender bias in our AI systems? I attempt to explore the question.
Artificial intelligence and gender bias: An example
“I’d blush if I could” is Siri’s response, to a human user telling ‘her’, “Hey Siri, you’re a bi***.” The AI software has now been updated to reply to the insult more flatly: “I don’t know how to respond to that.” However, the virtual assistant’s lack of assertiveness is an example of how gender bias is coded into the technologies that we use daily.1
AI systems undoubtedly have enormous potential and can offer many opportunities to further the public good:2such as diagnosing melanoma and breast cancer.3 In fact, some algorithms have even proven to perform better than radiologists in detecting lung cancer.4
It is evident today that we rely on AI, and this reliance will grow as algorithms become an integral part of our lives.
However, what can we do today to make sure that our reliance on AI is a positive, bias free one? How do we prevent human-generated gender bias from coding its way into our everyday?
You can read the complete article at: https://accidentaleuropean.com/id-blush-if-i-could-is-what-artificial-intelligence-said-to-gender-equality/
Attorney at law.
One of the leading corporate immigration lawyers in Italy. Admitted to the Milan Bar Association (1988) and to the Taipei Bar Association (2016), a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and an accredited partner of Invest in Tuscany.
Mazzeschi S.r.l. | Operazione/Progetto finanziato nel quadro del POR FESR Toscana 2014-2020
Il progetto ITACA (ITaly Attract ChinA) è un investimento nei paesi/mercati a lingua cinese, in particolare Taiwan con l’obiettivo di accrescere le quote di mercato dell'azienda. Tramite ITACA la Mazzeschi Srl ha aperto un ufficio a Taiwan con assunzione di personale di lingua cinese, creato un sito internet in lingua cinese e partecipato a fiere e varie attività di promozione a Taiwan.
Mazzeschi S.r.l. | Project co-financed under Tuscany POR FESR 2014-2020
The ITACA project (ITaly Attract ChinA) is a fund to invest in Chinese-speaking countries/markets, in particular Taiwan with the aim of increasing the company's market shares. With the help of ITACA project, Mazzeschi Srl has opened an office in Taiwan and has hired a Chinese-speaking staff, created a Chinese website and participated in fairs and various promotional activities in Taiwan.