
When Algorithms Discriminate
When Algorithms Discriminate and The Real Threat Posed by Powerful Computers. This all are part of the idea that the universe is a clock and we just have to figure out the parts and weâ€™ll solve it. Algorithms donâ€™t discriminate any more than a line on a graph does. The problem is in our choice of algorithms and the naive notion that there is one path to follow. Iâ€™ve often pointed out that arrest records do correspond to the likelihood someone is a criminal but taking that statistical result and applying it to individuals is fraught with problems. The surprise is that anyone is surprised by this. After all this desire to find the answers in a formula or an algorithm is not new. We had Taylorism in the 1930â€™s and TMC is running a series of shorts including one that tells how the army in World War II is using science to assign people to the right jobs. And, of course, thereâ€™s the whole idea of IQ test. Amusing that an ad for Lumosity appeared when I was looking at article â€“ IQ is just another muscle? Another version is the notion that â€śthe marketâ€ť will do the right thing somehow. There the naivetĂ© is in assume that there is something called â€śthe marketâ€ť and that that weâ€™ll like the result. I know, I know, this time weâ€™ll figure out the formula for the future â€¦ Posted on Dewayne's Warspeed List 