Disruptors
Disruptors
Oct 20, 2020
Can an Algorithm Be Racist? The Growing Push for Ethical AI
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From facial recognition software that fails to recognize women and people of colour, to Twitter algorithms which seem to prefer white faces in photo previews, there’s been no shortage of negative headlines about artificial intelligence over the past few months. But whether we like it or not, AI is at work all around us, all the time, and there’s a growing movement to make sure it’s being used in an ethical way.

A new survey from RBC’s world-class artificial intelligence research center, Borealis AI, reveals that most businesses in Canada believe it’s important to implement AI responsibly, but 93% experience barriers in doing so, like cost, time, or lack of understanding. And barely over half of them have someone on the payroll who’s responsible for ethical data and AI practices.

On this episode of RBC Disruptors, host John Stackhouse re-connects with the head of Borealis AI and RBC’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Foteini Agrafioti, to learn about a new online hub called RESPECT AI, aimed at making open source resource code, tutorials, academic research, and lectures available to the entire AI community. He also sits down for a frank and challenging conversation about the risks and rewards of AI with Ruha Benjamin, a sociologist and an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton, and Saadia Muzaffar, a Canadian entrepreneur, author, and the founder of TechGirls Canada.

 

Notes:

To learn more about Borealis AI, the work it’s doing, and its new RESPECT AI campaign, you can visit www.borealisai.com. RBC’s Thought Leadership Group has also published a new paper exploring ethical challenges in AI, which can be found at rbc.com/thoughtleadership. Ruha Benjamin’s website features a wide range of research and resources related to her studies on race, justice, and technology. For details on how Saadia Muzafffar’s non-profit organization is breaking down barriers for diversity and equity in science and technology, go to techgirls.ca.

 

You can hear previous episodes of Disruptors on the subject of artificial intelligence here: 

AI for Good: Battling Bias Before it Becomes Irreversible

AI For Good: In Conversation with Foteini Agrafioti

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Baha'i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson
Baha'i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson
Baha'i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson
Episode 60: Nanabah Bulman
Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson. In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick. In this episode, I'm joined via zoom by the wonderful Nanabah Bulman, a Navajo Baha'i who's been actively engaged in service to her people, especially with the youth. Nanabah tells us about life on the reservation, and shares Navajo culture and beliefs, and what we can learn from the Native Americans. She tells us the Navajo legend of the Twin Brothers, and explains how she strives to live up to the meaning of her name. I hope you enjoy this awesome conversation! To find out more about some of the things mentioned and covered in this episode, check out the following links: * Watch this video featuring Nanabah and some of the Navajo youth service activities: https://bit.ly/38BHoky * Watch this talk by Nanabah: https://bit.ly/3oFBrZq * We mention the following: * Baha'i Year of Service: https://bahaipedia.org/Year_of_service * BOOK: The Covenant of Baha'u'llah by Adib Taherzadeh: https://amzn.to/3qdJIUF * The Training Institute: https://bit.ly/3qkIJSR * What is the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program? (JYSEP): - ARTICLE: https://www.bahaiblog.net/junior-youth/ - VIDEO: https://bit.ly/35E2EUW * The Baha’i Covenant: https://bit.ly/3qifqAq * Listen to these Baha'i Blogcast episodes featuring Native American guests: - Kevin Locke: https://bit.ly/3nH4MkR - Anisa & Doug White: https://bit.ly/3qgDL9u * I talk about the passing of my father, which I discuss on Baha'i Blogcast Episode 54 with Sean Hinton (part 2): https://bit.ly/39vGzZA * Baha’i Concept of Life After Death: https://bit.ly/2LGL0Zs * Some Native American Prophecies & the Baha'i Faith: - ARTICLE: https://bit.ly/2XC9WUM - AUDIO: https://bit.ly/2LP5iji * Why Do Baha’is Say Allah’u’Abha 95 Times?: https://bit.ly/3skRGgJ * Obligatory Prayer: https://bit.ly/2XCdh64 * Importance of Service in Baha’i Faith: https://bit.ly/2XxBjiN * I mention my uncle Rhett Deissner, who was on the Baha'i Blogcast: https://bit.ly/3ikblsJ * The Four Valleys of Baha'u'llah: https://bit.ly/35SaWsv * Bicentenary of Baha'u'llah: https://bicentenary.bahai.org/ * Native American Baha'i Institute (NABI): https://bit.ly/2Ls04dI * Grand Canyon Baha'i Conference: https://grandcanyonbahai.org/ * Rainn's talk at the conference 'Empowering Youth': https://bit.ly/2XNWHk1 * The Tablet of Ahmad: Who Was Ahmad?: https://bit.ly/3by09ar * 114 Youth conferences around the world: https://bit.ly/38EquSn * QUOTE: "We cannot segregate the human heart from the environment outside us and say that once one of these is reformed everything will be improved. Man is organic with the world. His inner life moulds the environment and is itself also deeply affected by it. The one acts upon the other and every abiding change in the life of man is the result of these mutual reactions." -Shoghi Effendi * QUOTE: "We must build the capacity to truly hear and acknowledge the voices of those who have directly suffered from the effects of racism. This capacity should manifest itself in our schools, the media, and other civic arenas, as well as in our work and personal relations. This should not end with words, but lead to meaningful, constructive action." -National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States, 19 June, 2020 Be sure to subscribe to the Baha’i Blogcast for more episodes on: * YouTube: http://bit.ly/2JTNmBO * iTunes: http://apple.co/2leHPHL * Soundcloud: https://bit.ly/30dX0G4 * Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2IXRAnb If you would like to find out more about the Baha'i Faith visit BAHAI.ORG, and for more great Baha'i-inspired content, check out BAHAIBLOG.NET: http://bahaiblog.net/ Thanks for listening! -Rainn Wilson
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