Science on Screen ®: Spring 2021

Coded Bias: Science on Screen

With J. Scott Christianson

Opens Apr 21, 2021

Creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. Free for members.


The Learning Machine: The Applications, Ethics, and Business of Artificial Intelligence, and the Exponential Pace of Digital Disruption

with J. Scott Christianson, Associate Teaching Professor, University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business.

Film Synopsis:
Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, AI is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.



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