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Vice | 03.21.16

The Inherent Bias of Facial Recognition

Sorelle Friedler

D&S fellow Sorelle Friedler was quoted in Vice’s online magazine, Motherboard, in an article discussing how biased decision-making can impact facial recognition systems.

“It’s one of those things where if you understand the ways that systemic bias works and you understand the way that machine learning works and you ask yourself the question: ‘could these be making biased decisions?’, the answer is obviously yes,” said Sorelle Friedler, a professor of computer science at Haverford College. But when I asked her how many people actually do understand both systemic bias and the way algorithms are built, she said that the number was “unfortunately small.”

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