From racially insensitive photo filters to ride hailing apps that quietly track user movements, the digital tools and products that define our lives today often include cultural biases. According to Sara Wachter-Boettcher many of these design failures can be traced to the cultural uniformity of the companies behind our modern digital landscape. How easy is it to detect biases in our on-line world and what are the impacts to our lives? We discuss these issues with Sara, author of ‘Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech’ on this episode.
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