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Femke Snelting at Coded Matter(s): Big Bias | by Sebastiaan ter Burg
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Femke Snelting at Coded Matter(s): Big Bias

Coded Matter(s): Big Bias was an evening program with talks and a closing lecture-performance that introduced the audience to the data-driven processes and automated technologies that are radically changing our world.


There is a widely held belief that the machines we use are neutral. But the data they learn with is often fake, incomplete or exclusionary. Rather than giving us new affordances of accessibility and connectivity the problems around fake news, predictive policing and racist twitter bots show that technology also amplifies, rather than rectifies, the inequalities that exist in our society.


These ‘smart’ technologies are already embedded within the interaction designs of internet platforms and commercial products and are quickly changing our systems of governance, policing and public services. Big Bias explores what role artists, designers, researchers and companies play in addressing these ethical issues.


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Taken on May 17, 2018