Discriminating AI: Can Machines be Unfair?

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 GRADES: 9-12             STANDARDS   i

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STEPS TO COMPLETION:

1. REVIEW Assignment Outline 

2. WATCH "Machine Learning and Human Bias" (Google)

3. WATCH "Can we protect AI from our Biases?" (TED, Robin Hauser)

4. LISTEN to the interview "Weapons of Math Destruction" (NPR, Cathy O'Neil)

5. ANSWER the multiple choice and short response questions

6. PREPARE for class activity with "Here's How We Teach Machines to be Fair" (WEF, Erica Kochi)

7. REVIEW the Reference Shelf

CONTEXT:

You may know about the important role that artificial intelligence (AI) plays in our society. Every day, machines make decisions which affect you––like recommending your next YouTube video or directions for driving to an appointment. Some decisions can have great impact on people’s lives: like whether to interview a job applicant, or how much time a criminal should spend in prison.

 

With this much power, it's important that all people are treated the same, regardless of race, religion, gender identity, disability status, etc. Yet there have been many instances of AI discriminating against people unfairly. Why does this happen? And how can we prevent it?

 

To explore this issue, you will review a short video, TED talk, and podcast; answer short response questions; and participate in a small-group discussion.

STUDENTS START HERE:

  • Synthesize information from a range of sources into a coherent understanding of a technological phenomenon.

  • Deliver thoughtful commentary on a controversial topic at the intersection of technology and society.

LEARNING GOALS:

Lessons are typically assigned as homework with the activity completed in class, but can be used in a flipped classroom setting.

 

Approximate assignment duration: 45-60 minutes

 

Discriminating AI: Can Machines be Unfair?

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