Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University
Panel: Bias in AI
As some Americans educated and organized themselves during the past summer of protest and lockdown, Ruha Benjamin’s voice came to the forefront of discussion. Her subtle analysis of the precarious boundary between technology as a vehicle of abolition and technology as an insidious translation of a racialized carceral system into code (veiled by tech hype), became indispensable to activists, journalists, and academics. “Bias in AI” builds connections between Benjamin’s work and the computer scientists and artists attuned to her guidance.
Ruha Benjamin. Credit: Cyndi Shattuck.
Benjamin and podcast host Paul Holdengräber discuss how to begin challenging our assumptions about the neutrality of technology. As we come through this pandemic, they talk about what it will mean to choose to create a world we want instead of re-entrenching the problems and inequities of our existing world.
This article is part of a Medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men, and points to the crucial conclusion that policing and prisons are not solutions for the issues and people the state deems social problems—calling for a future that puts justice and the needs of the community first.
2019, Polity Press
From everyday apps to complex algorithms, Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce white supremacy and deepen social inequity.