An A.I. Training Tool Has Been Passing Its Bias to Algorithms for Almost Two Decades

The data set’s ripple effects are immeasurable

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Night after night, Fien de Meulder sat in front of her Linux computer flagging names of people, places, and organizations in sentences pulled from Reuters newswire articles. De Meulder and her colleague, Erik Tjong Kim Sang, worked in language…