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Does Tech Discriminate?

Are we in danger of ingraining deep-seated prejudices into the technology we use on a daily basis? Our panel, chaired by The Gadget Show presenter Ortis Deley, will discuss.

Discrimination continues to have a serious, measurable impact on everyday life in the 21st century. Historically, conscious and subconscious human decisions have been the major driver of discrimination. But increasingly, the technology we rely on so heavily is becoming part of the problem.

Facial recognition systems, online search algorithms and social media echo chambers are just some examples of technology that has the potential to amplify discrimination. As machine learning and AI systems become more advanced, how do we ensure they are free of their curators’ prejudices? How can we create technology that works for everyone?

A panel of experts, chaired by The Gadget Show presenter Ortis Deley, will come together to discuss and debate the issues, and to explore solutions that might mitigate the risks of bias in tech.

Speakers include:

  • Alexander Fefegha: co-founder and director of creative technology at design studio COMUZI. Alex is also an associate lecturer at the University of Arts London’s creative computing institute, teaching a module on computational futures and artificial intelligence

Further speakers to be announced.

This event is a part of the Science Museum Group’s Open Talk programme, a series of events that aims to promote STEM to everyone and to encourage an understanding of both the causes and effects of discrimination.

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