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ĊineXjenza October Event: Coded Bias

ĊineXjenza is back for its 8th season, kicking off with an event centred around how we can shape the development of artificial intelligence (AI) to ake society better!
Join ĊineXjenza on October 18th, 7pm to watch the movie Coded Bias which pictures Joy Buolamwini’s fight for a US law that tackles biases in AI. The screening will take place at the Spazju Kreattiv ċinema. After the film, there will be an open discussion with the Maltese expert Prof Alexiei Dingli and Dr. Vanessa Camilleri who research AI at the Malta University’s department for information and communication technology.

Unlike humans, computers haven’t had thousands of years of evolution that has shaped the way they think. By themselves, they are truly impartial and objective. In context however, we see a situation that is shockingly different.  Artificial intelligence that learn from human society also adopt flaws in human reasoning. If you train an AI with employment data for example, it catches the pattern that there are less female top managers. If you then use that AI for recruitment, it will predict that men have a better fit for managerial positions. The machine that once was objective has learned to be biased. A similar thing happened when MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini tested a facial recognition software. That AI had been trained with faces of white men, so when Buolamwini, a person of colour, looked in the camera, the AI did not recognise her — until she put a white mask on.

If you want to learn about how AI influences our lives today and what we need to do now to have a just future with AI, don’t miss this evening full of insights and entertainment!

ĊineXjenza is run by the Malta Chamber of Scientists and supported by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, Spazju Kreattiv and forms part of the STEAM project. To stay up to date about events as well as get the latest news about featured speakers, checkout the ĊineXjenza Facebook page.