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Slate | 08.27.18

Algorithms Could Create an Even Playing Field––if We Insist on It

Jeanna Matthews, Kinjal Dave

2017-2018 Fellow Jeanna Matthews and Research Analyst Kinjal Dave respond to Deji Olukotun’s story about an algorithmic tennis match.

 “The answer can’t be derived from the past alone: It depends on what we collectively decide about the future, about what justice looks like, about leveling the playing field in sports and in life. As in Olukotun’s story, humans and computers will be working together to pick winners and losers. We need to collectively decide on and enforce the rules they will follow. We need the ability to understand, challenge, and audit the decisions. A level playing field won’t be the future unless we insist on it.”

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