Coded Bias (2020)

Fascinating study of how even the seemingly impartial world of technology is subject to embedded racism and privilege.

Brian Tallerico, Roger Ebert

The real issue set out in Coded Bias is that we are stumbling headlong into a world in which major life-changing decisions for every one of us are taken by impersonal unrelenting computer algorithms.

(…) The importance of the data sets used to create your machine learning, is the starting point for Coded Bias. Joy Buolamwini, a black MIT student, set up a vanity app on her mirror and then discovered it didn’t work. Not, that is, unless she put on a white face mask. Why? Because the underlying AI was trained on data sets that are mostly male, mostly white. And as you would expect, they are good at identifying men, less good at identifying women and very bad at identifying black women.

Jane Fae, Eye for Film

  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: N/A
  • Distribution: Cinetic
  • Cinematography: Steve Acevedo
  • Editing: Alex Gilwit, Shalini Kantayya, Zachary Ludescher
  • Music: Katya Mihailova
  • Sound: Peter Levin