Online Learning Update

December 21, 2019

Who Is Responsible for Biased and Intrusive Algorithms?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth, Knowledge@Wharton

Algorithms have become part of our everyday lives. Whether one considers jobs, loans, health care, traffic or news feeds, algorithms make several decisions for us. While they often make our lives more efficient, the same algorithms frequently violate our privacy and are biased and discriminatory. In their book The Ethical Algorithm: The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design, Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth, professors at Penn Engineering, suggest that the solution is to embed precise definitions of fairness, accuracy, transparency, and ethics at the algorithm’s design stage.

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