Dr. Timnit Gebru, a leading A.I. researcher, was let go from her job at Google earlier this week. This response is written by Joy Buolamwini, the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, a group focused on equitable and accountable A.I.
Before the headlines, the covers, the blockbuster papers, the awards, and Coded Bias, the feature-length film that glimpses our friendship, Dr. Timnit Gebru, Deborah Raji, and I locked arms in sisterhood. This was a sisterhood formed knowing that as outsiders in academic institutions and emerging researchers exploring the limitations of artificial intelligence, we would need each other.
Imagine you’re a 59-year old man, and you go to your doctor with chest pains. The doctor thinks it might be a heart attack and orders further tests. Now, imagine you’re a 59-year old woman with the same symptoms. The doctor tells you that you’re probably having a panic attack.
These strikingly different suggestions, however, didn’t come from a doctor, but from a popular health care app called GP at Hand, which uses artificial intelligence to tell you what might be wrong with you based on your symptoms. Babylon Health, which makes the app, is careful not to use the…
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