It’s Our Fault That AI Thinks White Names Are More ‘Pleasant’ Than Black Names

We all know that hiring managers can be racist when choosing the “right” (read: white) candidate for a job, but what about computers? If you have a name like Ebony or Jamal at the top of your resume, new research suggests that some algorithms will make less “pleasant” associations with your moniker than if you are named Emily or Matt. Machines are increasingly being used to make all kinds of important decisions, like who gets what kind of health insurance coverage, or which convicts are most likely to reoffend. The idea here is that computers, unlike people, can’t be racist, but we’re increasingly learning that they do in fact take after their makers. As just one example, ProPublica reported in May that an algorithm used by officials in Florida systematically…


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