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Fri, Jan 20


Michael Smith Labs - Lecture Theatre

Documentary Screening - Coded Bias

Documentary screening, panel discussion on the topic of ethical AI. Social to follow.

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Documentary Screening - Coded Bias
Documentary Screening - Coded Bias

Time & Location

Jan 20, 2023, 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Michael Smith Labs - Lecture Theatre, Room 102 - 2185 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada

About the event

Panelists include

Joerg Gponser (UBC Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

Yuma Wu: UBC law student with specialization in ML/AI law.

Paul Allen (Academic Dean at Corpus Christi College)

Fr. Rob Allore, SJ (Catholic priest, theology professor, career in scientific research)


The documentary Coded Bias (2020) is about artificial intelligence and the biases that can be embedded into this technology. MIT media researcher Joy Buolamwini's computer science studies uncovered that her face was unrecognizable in many facial recognition systems and she worked to find out why these systems failed. She later found that facial recognition programs only worked when she wore a white mask. She goes on to find out about how else artificial technology can affect minorities.

Coded Bias says that there is a lack of legal structures for artificial intelligence, and that as a result, human rights are being violated. It says that some algorithms and artificial intelligence technologies discriminate by race and gender statuses in domains such as housing, career opportunities, healthcare, credit, education, and legalities. Buolamwini and her colleagues were later asked to testify in front of the US Congress about artificial intelligence. Buolamwini subsequently created a digital advocacy group, the Algorithmic Justice League.

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