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AI Bias Traps

Session scheduled at 2:30-3:20 in Room 3 (Ski-U-Mah)

AI systems are already making decisions that fundamentally impact rights and liberties, from healthcare to criminal justice to labor to education and much more. How can we eliminate inherent bias and ensure equity in a time of rapidly increasing automation? A panel discussing on how we understand bias in AI systems, highlighting the latest research insights and why issues of bias matter in concrete ways to real people.

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to a constellation of technologies, including machine learning, perception, reasoning, and natural language processing. While the field has been pursuing principles and applications for over 65 years, recent advances, uses, and attendant public excitement have returned it to the spotlight. The impact of early AI systems is already being felt, bringing with it challenges and opportunities, and laying the foundation on which future advances in AI will be integrated into social and economic domains. The potential wide-ranging impact make it necessary to look carefully at the ways in which these technologies are being applied now, whom they’re benefiting, and how they’re structuring our social, economic, and interpersonal lives.


We examine AI from a different perspective, ranging from law and governance to AI safety and control; to the potential use of AI for public good; to the potential futures of AI. The panel offers space to discuss some of the hard questions we need to consider, and to gather insights from experts across diverse disciplines. We asked questions such as: what are the present social and economic issues raised by the rapid deployment of AI, and how can we build a deeper understanding of AI in the contemporary moment that will help us create a fair and equitable future?

Attendee Skill Level: Intermediate

Presented By

Sharon Kennedy Vickers

Sharon is the Co-Founder of Blacks in Technology – Twin Cities and I2I: a Center for Civic Innovation and th Co-Organizer of Code Switch.

With more than 15 years of experience in the field of technology, Sharon excels at IT strategy, business and IT alignment and software design and development. She currently serves as an IT Management Consultant on assignment with the City of St. Paul.

She articulates vision and architects solutions to meet the ever-changing role of technology in a clients’ pursuit of achieving a competitive advantage. Whether you’re talking IT optimization, process improvement, transforming the role of IT in the business, or progressive designs and ideas — Sharon believes that in everything there is “an opportunity for improvement.”

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