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Forbes | 09.27.17

When Biased Data Holds a Potentially Deadly Flaw

danah boyd

D&S founder and president danah boyd comments on the bias that can be implicit in emerging technologies.

“In 2014, Danah Boyd, principal researcher at Microsoft Research, penned an article entitled ‘Is the Oculus Rift sexist?’ She described how 3D virtual environments had made her and other female colleagues nauseous…In 2000, before the Rift was even invented, Boyd published the surprising results of a multiyear study into how male and female brains processed 3D visual stimuli differently. ‘In other words, men are more likely to use the cues that 3D virtual reality systems relied on,’ she wrote.”

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