Designing Inclusive Algorithms
- Grades 7-10
Can a computer be sexist? In what ways does artificial intelligence reinforce racial stereotypes and social segregation? Machine learning now shapes how humans shop, learn, socialize, and consume entertainment media. Unfortunately, the algorithms behind services like Facebook newsfeeds, Spotify playlists, Netflix recommendations, and Amazon shopping recommendations are subject to the same implicit biases as the people who designed them.
Explore how under-representative databases lead to inequities as you analyze ways developers can refine and improve algorithms to avoid negative, biased, or other unintended outcomes. You’ll apply what you’ve learned to create your own inclusive algorithm that uses adaptive learning while avoiding biases to create the perfect playlists, book recommendations, or “Watch Next” suggestions.
Fall, Winter, and Spring Time Commitment: 6-7 hours per week (2 hours class time, 4-5 hours independent work).
Summer Time Commitment: 18-21 hours per week (6 hours class time, 12-15 hours independent work).
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