Documentary Screening – Coded Bias

The Society of Catholic Scientists invites you to attend a screening of the documentary Coded Bias (2020) followed by a panel discussion on the topic of ethical AI, including expert panelists from Corpus Christi and St. Mark's College. A discussion and pizza social will follow. This event is sponsored by the Centre for Christian Engagement at St. Mark's College.

Date and Time:

January 20, 2:30p.m–5:00pm


Michael Smith Labs - Lecture Theatre, Room 102

2185 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada

(near the UBC Bookstore)

All are welcome to attend! For more information, please email [email protected] or visit the event webpage from the Society of Catholic Scientists.


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About the documentary

Coded Bias (2020) is about artificial intelligence and the biases that can be embedded into this technology. MIT media researcher Joy Buolamwini's computer science studies uncovered that her face was unrecognizable in many facial recognition systems and she worked to find out why these systems failed. She later found that facial recognition programs only worked when she wore a white mask. She goes on to find out about how else artificial technology can affect minorities.

Coded Bias says that there is a lack of legal structures for artificial intelligence, and that as a result, human rights are being violated. It says that some algorithms and artificial intelligence technologies discriminate by race and gender statuses in domains such as housing, career opportunities, healthcare, credit, education, and legalities. Buolamwini and her colleagues were later asked to testify in front of the US Congress about artificial intelligence. Buolamwini subsequently created a digital advocacy group, the Algorithmic Justice League.



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