Skip to main content

Looking at: "Coded Bias"


 A film by Shalini Kantayya.

Join our free two-week screening of the trailblazing film Coded Bias that sheds light on the threats artificial intelligence poses to civil rights and democracy

 Considering how Google abruptly fired Dr. Timnit Gebru, one of the leaders in the Ethical AI field, this is very timely. Also, very cool, she's in this documentary as well!

As of this writing, you still have a few days to watch "Coded Bias" for free over here

I don't know if it's truly similar, but using a generated password to access the movie through cinesend...this must be how members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would feel if they watched all the movies and didn't vote based upon Hollywood alliances, film unseen.

This is also a bonus review of the cinesend interface; It's plain. Video is there. The file name is in the lower right hand corner. Video quality and speed options, typical playback buttons. No caption options.

AIs are trained by the data humans give it - Those faces are often lighter, whiter, and male.

Joy Buolamwini, The young woman at MIT we're introduced to at first, did research on why her face - Darker, female - was often not recognized, even when she changed the AI software. To my surprise, IBM did better recognizing her than Microsoft or Face ++

Since there are no regulations on facial recognition in most countries, governments can use it how they want, with no thought to our personal liberties. Basically, profit > people. The modus operandi for America.

Case in point: This apartment complex installed biometrics instead of keycards in a primarily black neighborhood. Luckily, tenants are fighting back.

People build AI, and have no idea how it works?


Remind me why it's so difficult for me and others to get a foot in the door of this industry if all we're doing is pressing buttons and hoping for the outcome that puts the most money in our pockets.

Wrong skin color, wrong gender, outspoken, people are chosen for relatability over competency and ability to learn,wrong location...let's keep going.

Yep, they mention Facebook's Election Experiments and Amazon selling Ring footage to police departments. Also, the financial system was - surprise! - set up to profit off of people's extreme misfortune. Taking advantage of the poor.

I don't want to write about this movie line by line, because you should watch it for yourself. It opened my eyes to the insidious ways AI has snuck into our lives to make it harder to succeed. 

One more thing - They do talk about how we're all being scored in social ways. You look at the social credit system of China and go "That's horrendous," - but look at networking. 

You're expected to have a 'presence' on LinkedIn, or you're seen as untrustworthy. 

You have to do some weird insincere networking that emphasizes buzzwords ("value add", "relationship building") over honesty ("I want to work, can you help me?")

(This article says everything I want to about that platform.)

It rewards a very specific type of personality with more opportunities, connections - and people just...allow it. Not everybody fits that. Not all of us want to be best friends just to work somewhere we enjoy.

On a film standpoint, there are so many ways to make documentaries, I find them hard to judge. The information is broken down in bites, jumping between 3 people. The information comes through, and that's good enough for me.


Popular posts from this blog

What Do You Need? [AKA; List of Offered Services / My Next Role] (2020)

UPDATED 2021 I am a trusted outsourced remote consultant for your company.   I enjoy having the flexibility to take on temporary projects from time to time! I start at part-time, temp work for now. If we like each other, we can renegotiate. If anything sounds weird, out there, or unusual - Feel free to e-mail me .  3 Services Offered Technical: Cloud Technician     Azure [ See tag ] WORKING ON: Infrastructure As Code (Specifically Terraform/Azure and CloudFormation/AWS)  Support [Web: Example Job Description ] [Text : Example Description ]     I help you with adjustments in HTML, CSS, and Javascript.     When you email a business a question and they answer? That's me.   IT Operations Tech [ Example Job Description ]     Hardware and SaaS support.     Cisco routing and switching (Networking). CCNA, A+, Sec+, Azure certified WORKING ON: Junos Networking  Writing :      You want to pay me to write more of *waves hand* this blog? I am game .     I write B2C e-mails going out to o

Contactless Tech’s Role in the New Guest Experience ft. Intelity and The George

 Contactless hospitality technology is growing. You want to get away, and you'll be damned if a little thing like a deadly virus will stop you! But you still don't want to touch things. Ew. During the chat between INTELITY CEO Robert Stevenson and THE GEORGE Director of Operations Kerrie Hunter, you’ll learn how the historic boutique hotel has adapted a mobile-first guest experience in the wake of COVID-19—and how they see contactless technology affecting the future of hospitality. I don't remember how I found INTELITY (probably hoping to score a position with them), but I liked them enough to stay on the e-mail lists.  

Connecting IoT Devices to a Registration Server (Packet Tracer, Cisco)

In Packet Tracer, a demo software made by Cisco Systems. It certainly has changed a lot since 2016. It's almost an Olympic feat to even get started with it now, but it does look snazzy. This is for the new CCNA, that integrates, among other things, IoT and Automation, which I've worked on here before. Instructions here . I don't know if this is an aspect of "Let's make sure people are paying attention and not simply following blindly", or an oversight - The instructions indicate a Meraki Server, when a regular one is the working option here. I have to enable the IoT service on this server. Also, we assign the server an IPv4 address from a DHCP pool instead of giving it a static one. For something that handles our IoT business, perhaps that's safer; Getting a new IPv4 address every week or so is a minimal step against an intruder, but it is a step. There are no devices associated with this new server; In an earlier lab (not shown), I attached them to 'H