Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Bias

september 2019 bar bulletin

By Andrea Louie

Artificial intelligence (“AI”) is a tool for completing processes, functions and computations that would otherwise be prohibitively costly or inefficient for humans to manually effect. It is also used in sensors to automize tasks in our lives. AI systems use machine learning to train themselves to use and analyze new information. Through machine learning, AI systems can improve and learn over time. 

At first glance, it appears that employing machines to generate decisions may reduce the possibility of bias or inequitable outcomes. Bias, however, seeps in through incomplete data sets and biased system design programmed by humans.1 While the systems may not intend to discriminate,...

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