A.I. Doesn’t Get Black Twitter

Approximately 8 of the 319 million people in the United States read the Wall Street Journal, good for 2 percent of the population. If you look at the language — standardized English — being fed into many natural language processing units, it’s based on the language of that 2 percent. And many machines literally use the venerable, business-focused newspaper to better understand English language. It might seem like an obvious choice. Standardized English is taught in schools, it’s used in legal documents, and it sets the basis for formal society. However, as Brendan O’Connor, assistant professor of computer sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst will tell you, the language of the internet doesnt follow the rules of English. Yes, you can find the Queen of England on Twitter, but you…


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