Photo: film still, Jubilee 2033 (2018), Zach Blas

Big Bias

How is it possible that a ‘smart’ soap dispenser does not recognize a black man’s hand? Why are predictive policing outcomes often pre-determined against minorities groups? Coded Matter(s): Big Bias is an evening program with talks and a closing lecture-performance that introduces audiences to the data-driven processes and automated technologies that are radically changing our world. There is a widely held belief that the machines we use are neutral. But the data they learn with is often fake, incomplete or exclusionary. Rather than giving us new affordances of accessibility and connectivity the problems around fake news, predictive policing and racist twitter bots show that technology also amplifies, rather than rectifies, the inequalities that exist in our society.

These ‘smart’ technologies are already embedded within the interaction designs of internet platforms and commercial products and are quickly changing our systems of governance, policing and public services. Big Bias explores what role artists, designers, researchers and companies play in addressing these ethical issues. The announced speakers are artist/queer-theorist Zach Blas (UK), artist, coder and writer Mimi Onuoha (US), designer and researcher Femke Snelting whose works are aimed at critically investigating and changing these developments. The evening will be introduced and streamlined by privacy designer Tijmen Schep.

 

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Programme: Talks / Performances

Femke Snelting [BE]

Talk

Femke’s talk will relate big data and its biases to embodiment, performance and representation. Together with Jara Rocha she activates …

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Zach Blas [US]

Performance-Lecture

Zach Blas will address bias through the uses of mysticism and magic. In his lecture-performance “Metric Mysticism,” he’ll reflect on …

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Mimi Onuoha [US]

Talk

The availability of huge data-sets, advances in computational power, leaps in fields like artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the …

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Sources, Code & Knowledge

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Bits of Freedom – dossier profilering

14/05/18

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Ghost in the Machine

14/05/18

In a brightly lit office, Joy Buolamwini sits down at her computer and slips …

Journal
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The Algorithmic Justice League

14/05/18

US initiative for the support of inclusive technology through projects: Fight Bias, Gender Shades …

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Why Can’t This Soap Dispenser Identify Dark Skin?

14/05/18

On Wednesday, a Facebook employee in Nigeria shared footage of a minor inconvenience that he says …

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Datactive

14/05/18

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Mathwashing: How Algorithms Can Hide Gender and Racial Biases

14/05/18

Are algorithms more neutral than people? No. Algorithms can have hidden biases. This makes …

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Kunstenaar Zach Blas laat zien dat surveillance meer op het spel zet dan alleen onze privacy

14/05/18

Technologie voor identificatie op basis van uiterlijke kenmerken is aan het inburgeren. Niet alleen …

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Tegenlicht – Verslaafd aan het algoritme

14/05/18

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Possible Bodies Inventory

14/05/18

Welcome to the Possible Bodies inventory, a collaborative research on the very concrete and …

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AI Now Institute

14/05/18

The AI Now Institute at New York University is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated …

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The Trouble with Bias – Keynote Kate Crawford

14/05/18

Kate Crawford is a leading researcher, academic and author who has spent the last …

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Data Harm Record

14/05/18

The Data Harm Record made by the Data Justice Lab pulls together concrete examples …

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Metadata Society

10/04/18

Metadata_Society Matteo Pasquinelli’s entry in the Posthuman Glossary (2017) edited by Rosi Braidotti and …