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Oh great -- AI can not only be racist and sexist, but ageist too

#artificialintelligence

We have accepted the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in complex processes -- from health care to our daily use of social media -- often without critical investigation, until it is too late. The use of AI is inescapable in our modern society, and it may perpetuate discrimination without its users being aware of any prejudice. When health-care providers rely on biased technology, there are real and harmful impacts. This became clear recently when a study showed that pulse oximeters -- which measure the amount of oxygen in the blood and have been an essential tool for clinical management of COVID-19 -- are less accurate on people with darker skin than lighter skin. The findings resulted in a sweeping racial bias review now underway, in an attempt to create international standards for testing medical devices.


Artificial intelligence can discriminate on the basis of race and gender, and also age

#artificialintelligence

We have accepted the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in complex processes -- from health care to our daily use of social media -- often without critical investigation, until it is too late. The use of AI is inescapable in our modern society, and it may perpetuate discrimination without its users being aware of any prejudice. When health-care providers rely on biased technology, there are real and harmful impacts. This became clear recently when a study showed that pulse oximeters -- which measure the amount of oxygen in the blood and have been an essential tool for clinical management of COVID-19 -- are less accurate on people with darker skin than lighter skin. The findings resulted in a sweeping racial bias review now underway, in an attempt to create international standards for testing medical devices.


Ex-Tennessee TV News Personalities File Ageism Lawsuit

U.S. News

According to the lawsuit, WSMV-TV removed many veteran on-air personalities starting in 2015, as managers mentioned dropping "the old timers" and bringing in "faces that appeal to a younger demographic," ''new blood" and "fresh faces." The lawsuit says the three newscasters, in addition to several others who were pushed out, were "targets of a persistent pattern and practice of age discrimination, harassment, hostility, and retaliation."


Kim Cattrall: Hollywood ageism will not hold me back

BBC News

Best known for playing Samantha in Sex and the City, she told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire she did not wish to play a "grotesque" older character, or be perceived as "a very, very older woman" at the age of 60.


Program Combats Ageism by Having Students Live With Seniors

U.S. News

It's part of the Connecticut university's Students-In-Residency program that began in 2016 and is designed to break down generational barriers and combat ageism. There are dozens of programs around the nation that link seniors and students.