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New Netflix doc ‘Coded Bias’ is so keen to show AI is racist that it ignores how tech tyranny is dehumanizing EVERYONE

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Big-tech totalitarianism is one of the most important issues of our time, and I’m on board with any film highlighting the inherent perils of over-reliance on insidious technologies. But Coded Bias, directed by Shalini Kantayya, while being somewhat informative, ultimately falls flat because its focus on race and gender is much too narrow.

The film sets out to show how artificial intelligence dehumanizes people and encodes racial bias into application processes for jobs, colleges, mortgages and loans, as well as the criminal justice system. But this misses the techno-tyranny forest for the trees and is akin to complaining about a lack of art by people of color on the walls of the Titanic.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer scientist Joy Buolamwini opens the movie by recounting how she discovered racial bias in facial recognition software and then documents her attempts to combat it with her collection of activists, the Algorithmic Justice League (AJL).

Buolamwini makes for a compelling protagonist on this journey into the Orwellian hellscape of artificial intelligence, due to her superior knowledge of the subject matter and magnetic personality.

Equally compelling is the disturbing information about the totalitarian use of algorithms by the Chinese government to control their populace through a social credit system, and the UK’s baby steps down the same authoritarian path, as it implements its own........

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