Read — 2018-08-31
Today’s selection of articles:
- “Here’s the conversation we really need to have about bias at Google“, by Farhad Manjoo (NY Times, 2018-08-30). The author raises two warnings: (1) Algorithms trained on real-world data are liable to incorporate biases in those data, subsequently reflecting and perpetuating these biases. (2) Secrecy makes it hard to monitor abuse.
- “Feeling suicidal, students turned to their college. They were told to go home.“, by Anemona Hartocollis (NY Times, 2018-08-28).
- “Asian-American students suing Harvard over affirmative action win Justice Department support“, by Katie Benner (NY Times, 2018-08-30). Instead of fighting to award coveted and limited spots at some university to one group or another — a “special interests” war — would we as a society be better served to fight for a world in which where you go to school matters less than what you know and what you can do?