Book Tip: Unmasking AI: My Mission to Protect What Is Human in a World of Machines

by Eyes & Ears of Europe

In "Unmasking AI: My Mission to Protect What Is Human in a World of Machines," Dr. Joy Buolamwini takes us on a journey through the intricate landscape of artificial intelligence, revealing that the challenges posed by AI are not sudden but have been brewing for years. From her early exploration of robotics in high school to developing mobile apps in Zambia as a Fulbright fellow, Buolamwini's trajectory led her to MIT in 2015, where she delved into groundbreaking research at the “Future Factory.”

The book transcends the sensational headlines about existential threats from Big Tech and unfolds the captivating narrative of Buolamwini's discovery—the "coded gaze." This term encapsulates the revelation of pervasive racial and gender bias in AI services offered by tech giants globally. Through her work, she unveils the evidence of encoded discrimination and exclusion in tech products, laying bare the insidious biases present in AI algorithms.

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