Not So (Hidden Bias)

In Algorithms of Oppression, Noble showcases exactly how powerful and sometimes hurtful algorithms can be if used in the wrong hands. In an age that is seen to be constantly changing and developing for the future, the ideals and concepts of old have seemingly intertwined themselves into new spaces with little to no addressing until recent years. 

Stating in her introduction the goal of this work is described, “By making visible the ways that capital, race, and gender are factors in creating unequal conditions, I am bringing light to various forms of technological redlining that are on the rise” (1). The concept of such redlining is much more familiar in terms of real estate and banking, yet the same tactics used to broaden and strengthen racial stereotypes and inequalities have been given a whole new world to play about in often without any consequences. 

As we enter into a new decade, the posing issue of artificial intelligence upon human rights is undeniably an important issue. Despite having become so immersed in the culture and accessibility of the internet, the internet as I know it has not been around for that long in comparison to our history as a whole. With concerns about the effects of the internet on future generations, it is surprising to think that there had been no previous outcry to this issue in particular when such concerns of influencing violence have repeatedly been brought to the public’s attention. 

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After reading this piece, the impact of bias on the internet became shockingly obvious to me and even made me begin to question the impact it has had so far on my understand not just in causal searches but also academic as well. As someone who wants to further her career in academia, the use of the internet for searches for information is just as steeped in bias as texts published for example in the 1960’s and earlier. Just as historians and academics are now taught to critique and question physical sources, these skill sets must be applied to the digital realm as well.

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