Civil Rights & Constitutional Law

Crime-Predicting AI Fares Worse than Humans in Repeat Offender Study, and It's Racist Too


The 21st century has witnessed AI (Artificial Intelligence) accomplishing tasks like handily defeating humans at chess or teaching them foreign languages quickly. A more advanced task for the computer would be predicting an offender's likelihood of committing another crime. That's the job for an AI system called COMPAS (Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions). But it turns out that tool is no better than an average bloke, and can be racist too. Well, that's exactly what a research team has discovered after extensively studying the AI system which is widely used by judicial institutions.

Assange Keeps Warning Of AI Censorship, And It's Time We Started Listening


Throughout the near entirety of human history, a population's understanding of what's going on in the world has been controlled by those in power. The men in charge controlled what the people were told about rival populations, the history of their tribe and its leadership, etc. When the written word was invented, men in charge dictated what books were permitted to be written and circulated, what ideas were allowed, what narratives the public would be granted access to. This continued straight on into modern times. Where power is not overtly totalitarian, wealthy elites have bought up all media, first in print, then radio, then television, and used it to advance narratives that are favorable to their interests.

Facing the Urgent Challenge of Regulating Artificial Intelligence


Recently, Stanford Researchers Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang trained a machine powered by artificial intelligence (AI) to detect sexual orientation of people to an accuracy of 81%, simply by scanning photos of faces. Kosinski and Wang only created the algorithm to highlight the potential and potential dangers of AI; however, in a world where the persecution of homosexuals is still widespread, the backlash against their creation was fierce. Our JPSP paper warning that sexual orientation can be predicted from faces is now available at It's "junk science" that "threatens the safety and privacy of LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ people alike," said gay advocacy groups like Glaad and the Human Rights Campaign. They have "invented the algorithmic equivalent of a 13-year-old bully," wrote Greggor Mattson, the director of the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Program at Oberlin College.

How foreign media translated Trump's 'shithole' comment


It's been a struggle for non-English speaking countries to properly translate the eloquent diction of President Donald Trump. This week proved quite the challenge with Trump's reported comment Thursday about immigrants from "shithole countries" like Haiti, El Salvador, and those in Africa. The "vulgar language" tends to lose its meaning if directly translated, so foreign media reached for the right way to convey what the American president was really trying to say. SEE ALSO: Trump's racist'sh*thole' comment: Who censored and who didn't? We used Google Translate for the many different takes on "shithole," along with a few translations from different publications.

Google's solution to accidental algorithmic racism: ban gorillas

The Guardian

After Google was criticised in 2015 for an image-recognition algorithm that auto-tagged pictures of black people as "gorillas", the company promised "immediate action" to prevent any repetition of the error. That action was simply to prevent Google Photos from ever labelling any image as a gorilla, chimpanzee, or monkey – even pictures of the primates themselves. That's the conclusion drawn by Wired magazine, which tested more than 40,000 images of animals on the service. Photos accurately tagged images of pandas and poodles, but consistently returned no results for the great apes and monkeys – despite accurately finding baboons, gibbons and orangutans. Google confirmed that the terms were removed from searches and image tags as a direct result of the 2015 incident, telling the magazine that: "Image labelling technology is still early and unfortunately it's nowhere near perfect".

The AI world will listen to these women in 2018


Let's make one thing clear: one year isn't going to fix decades of gender discrimination in computer science and all the problems associated with it. Recent diversity reports show that women still make up only 20 percent of engineers at Google and Facebook, and an even lower proportion at Uber. But after the parade of awful news about the treatment of female engineers in 2017--sexual harassment in Silicon Valley and a Google engineer sending out a memo to his coworkers arguing that women are biologically less adept at programming, just to name a couple--there is actually reason to believe that things are looking up for 2018, especially when it comes to AI. At first glance, AI would seem among least likely areas of programming to be friendly to women.

Chelsea Handler Finally Got Funny


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'Least Desirable'? How Racial Discrimination Plays Out In Online Dating


In 2014, user data on OkCupid showed that most men on the site rated black women as less attractive than women of other races and ethnicities. That resonated with Ari Curtis, 28, and inspired her blog, Least Desirable. In 2014, user data on OkCupid showed that most men on the site rated black women as less attractive than women of other races and ethnicities. That resonated with Ari Curtis, 28, and inspired her blog, Least Desirable. I don't date Asians -- sorry, not sorry.

Universal Basic Income: Why Elon Musk Thinks It May Be The Future

International Business Times

Universal basic income (UBI), an unconditional allowance afforded to all citizens for the bare essentials of life, is an old idea that's garnered support from members of both the left and right. Notable supporters have been as disparate as civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. and libertarian economist Milton Friedman. The Nixon Administration even attempted to pass a basic income guarantee through Congress and failed only narrowly due to a disagreement as to how much the stipend should be. Now, the debate over universal basic income is being renewed by industry leaders and billionaires who include Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson and Elon Musk, among others. As automation approaches, the world is faced with the problem of displacement.

Uniqlo opens its doors to job-seeking asylum-seekers at home and abroad

The Japan Times

Fast Retailing Co., the parent company of major retailer Uniqlo, has put out the welcome mat for Japan's small number of recognized refugees, offering job opportunities for some who might dream of careers in fashion or sales. Even so, for most refugees, language barriers and other issues remain hurdles as they try to establish their lives in Japan, often far from home. Refugees sometimes get jobs in factories, including auto manufacturers, and in the construction and nursing industries, but most are employed in washing and cleaning jobs, according to data from the Tokyo-based Refugee Assistance Headquarters (RHQ), which helps legally recognized refugees find jobs. "They work at places where work can be done without speaking Japanese," said Hiroaki Ito, an official at RHQ. As of March 2016, RHQ, which also provides Japanese language and basic lifestyle education to refugees in the initial months after they arrive in Japan, had helped 396 refugees get work in Japan.