Coded Bias took a much cleaner approach to the topic of AI in our daily life. The induction of the work done by Joy Buolamwini who is a person of color, only to have their work be invalidated by an AI camera system that doesn’t like their skin tone sets the stage for what is to come. They contracted a facial recognition software for a project they were working on, but it would only work if they had a white mask on, and would not work with their face. Joy then works with Cathy O'Neil to discuss the usage of…

There really is no good place to start with the Social Dilemma, in short, it’s a mess. The first major issue is mixed in a dramatization of a random family with what we could call and terrible allegory for drug use. You see these disgusting shots of people using drugs vs using their phones and the family acts like drug addicts which are extremely insensitive to victims of addiction. Addiction is hereditary, https://americanaddictioncenters.org/alcoholism-treatment/symptoms-and-signs/hereditary-or-genetic, cell phone usage isn’t, and getting disconnected is a lot easier than getting off of drugs. The second major issue is the politics of the movie, it…

Credit has never been a good system in America. Why do I have to lose money and spend money I don’t have to show that I can get money to someone. You can also lose credit just by checking your credit with some sources too and that combined with how some WMD are using credit to hurt people does make this world dystopian. Some so many people can’t change their financial situations hence, when it comes to how to raise their credit, they probably don’t have those resources. I have been fortunate enough to get out of that trap, but…

I feel like there is something inherently dangerous about the readings this class has us read and the ongoing pandemic depression causes a feeling of hopeless loss. No one is in a good place during this pandemic. Students are entering a hard job market and the WMD that O’Neil covers are still being used today. Life feels worthless and I derive meaning and joy from things that no longer encompass what I have learned or my abilities. I have accepted that I am a pointless number and statistic, a useless cog in a machine that will soon one day be…

As an individual covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, I am not surprised by the use of mental health tests for application purposes. From the tests, we would take in school, that mirrored ADA tests, as personality quizzes to just have a topic to discuss in class to being belittled for my disability by professors and employers. I have had to live with this my whole life. I function differently but that does not mean that I perform differently. Reading about the struggle of a person trying to get a minimum wage job from a grocery market…

A global pandemic, hopefully, brought the topics this book presents into a clearer focus for people reading it today. These are topics I am well versed in and have been looking into from my very first year at KU, and I share the same opinion as O’Neil. The overall message of wanting to fix these models is personally not a route I would like to see, as I think we need to remove these models. The overall outlook on policing is not critical enough as we see O’Neil clearly states the issue with stop and frisk and the issues presented…

The topics discussed in the readings are interesting because they expand on issues that I have with the college system in our current day America. I already was aware of the notions that college is way too expensive and after college they still reap the money from students with the loans system, Sally Mae was already such a for profit nightmare. The need to look good to society on a social ladder is a very interesting way of showing this dangerous greed. The school’s want to climb this ladder of “look how nice your life will be here” aesthetic and…

As a person already familiar with Cathy O’ Niel from her extensive history discussing algorithms, big data, and the use of AI in our society, I already agree with her. We might not have the same ideas when it comes to how these models should be used, because I believe they should never be used, but we both have the same stance that there is bias and they are broken. One of the biggest issues with these models being made is the base. The base of these models will usually reflect some already developed system that we currently use, that…

This isn’t a topic that’s difficult for me because I have already thought about it so many times. I know that with my understanding of how we have already been working on Artificial Intelligence, this doesn’t fit into the realm of possibility. However, this is my blog post and I will do what I want here.

As an individual who was very different from their peers, in a very small school, with overbearing parents, and a need to just recede from that constantly, I would like a friend. I don’t feel like this is a bad idea either, there was…

The world-building of Wall-E requires a lot of inferences, especially ones we can make with the knowledge we have as computer scientists because the story is told mostly through the narrative of these 2 robots that have very limited speech patterns. Of the 2 characters, Eve has the most ability to speak, but Wall-E struggles to learn words that Eve says. This gives us our first look at the fact that the designer of these robots, the corporation Buy N Large developed sentience in these machines. Every robot we come across does do its intended job, but the robots we…

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