Friday, we see you.
Vine is shutting down, Twitter is working hard to combat bullies and spam bots, and Charlotte’s corporate community has publicly announced that it will institute programs and directives to help combat local inequality since protests erupted a month ago.
We’re still in a weird space.
The implications of a world existing within the context of data and deep analytics is costly. Particularly as be balance an intimate relationship with our devices, the data behind our personhood, and the realities that much of the machine learning we praise for it’s innovative capabilities, can exhibit powerful discriminatory bents.
There still remains a world of zeros and ones programmed largely by white males. Thus influence is programmed largely by white males, even when the intelligence lies behind an androgynous “objective” bot. Let’s consider, today, as we kick-off our weekend reading, how deep we’re willing to go to reprogram the future.
The lack of friends and family capital hasn’t stopped black people from starting businesses — black women in particular are still the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs — but it has kept many of them from growing faster and creating jobs.
OSCAR PERRY ABELLO | NEXT CITY
No one sets out to create a racist model, but often bias creeps into algorithms inadvertently because of training data.
GIDEON MANN | FAST COMPANY
It’s not about “sharing” — it’s about service, and it clearly demarcates the served and the servants.
PARIS MARX | RECODE
Developer and entrepreneur Aaron Saunders of Clearly Innovative is among many entrepreneurs changing the landscape for African Americans in tech. He also happens to run Howard University’s very first technology incubator.
DOUGLAS FRUEHLING | BIZ JOURNALS
Dr. E. Lance McCarthy explores the connection of African American culture to centuries of technology revolution.