Coded Bias

Coded Bias

Sloan Foundation Film

Release Date

2020

Director

  • Shalini Kantayya

Awards

  • 2020, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Film Program: Feature Film Grant

An exploration of the implications of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini's startling discovery that racial bias is written into the code of facial recognition algorithms.

Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, AI is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.

Image courtesy of Shalini Kantayya

Possible Topics

  • The psychology and neurobiology of implicit bias
  • Facial-recognition technology—how it works (and does not work)
  • Civil liberties in the age of AI