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Black Bottom Film Festival in partnership with Indie Lens Pop-Up will screen Coded Bias on March 15, 7pm EST ahead of the premiere on PBS on March 22, 2021.
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a community series that brings people together for virtual film screenings and community-driven conversations.
When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that many facial recognition technologies fail more often on darker-skinned faces or the faces of women than others, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in artificial intelligence (AI). As it turns out, algorithms, data, and computers are not neutral. From facial scanning used for policing and surveillance to automated HR systems that mirror and magnify workplace prejudices, these technologies are created with fundamentally biased building blocks. Emboldened by these troubling discoveries, Buolamwini goes on to start the Algorithmic Justice League and joins a group of pioneering women to shed a light on the underlying biases in the technology that shapes our lives and threatens our democracy.