In this interview, Dr. Joy Buolamwini argues that algorithmic bias in AI systems poses risks to marginalized people. She challenges the assumptions of tech leaders who advocate for AI “alignment” and explains why some tech companies are hypocritical when it comes to addressing bias.
Dr. Joy Buolamwini is the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League and the author of Unmasking AI: My Mission to Protect What Is Human in a World of Machines.
Correction: Aza says that Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, predicts superintelligence in four years. Altman predicts superintelligence in ten years.
Dr. Joy Buolamwini is the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, a groundbreaking MIT researcher, a model, and an artist. She is the author of Unmasking AI: My Mission to Protect What Is Human in a World of Machines. Her writing has been featured in publications like TIME Magazine, New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and TheAtlantic. Her research on facial recognition technologies transformed the field of AI auditing. As the Poet of Code, she creates art to illuminate the impact of AI on society and advises world leaders on preventing AI harms. She is the recipient of notable awards including the Rhodes Scholarship, the inaugural Morals and Machines Prize, and the Technological Innovation Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. She is the protagonist of the Emmy-Nominated documentary, Coded Bias available to over 100 million viewers. Dr. Buolamwini earned her Ph.D. from MIT and was awarded an honorary degree from Knox College.
“The conscience of the AI revolution” explains how we’ve arrived at an era of AI harms and oppression, and what we can do to avoid its pitfalls
Shalini Kantayya’s film explores the fallout of Dr. Joy’s discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all
Dr. Joy’s 2016 TED Talk about her mission to fight bias in machine learning, a phenomenon she calls the "coded gaze."