Depictions of AI are overwhelmingly white — and that’s a serious problem


The “overwhelming whiteness” of AI is erasing people of color from visions of our future, researchers have warned. The Cambridge University team studied depictions of AI systems in stock images, movies, TV, search results, and robots. They found that found the vast majority of them were portrayed as white. The researchers fear these depictions are creating a homogenous tech workforce who bake racial bias into their algorithms. “People trust AI to make decisions. Cultural depictions foster the idea that AI is less fallible than humans. In cases where these systems are racialized as white that could have dangerous consequences for humans…

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