Original post: https://www.gcppodcast.com/post/episode-114-machine-learning-bias-and-fairness-with-timnit-gebru-and-margaret-mitchell/

This week, we dive into machine learning bias and fairness from a social and technical perspective with machine learning research scientists Timnit Gebru from Microsoft and Margaret Mitchell (aka Meg, aka M.) from Google. They share with Melanie and Mark about ongoing efforts and resources to address bias and fairness including diversifying datasets, applying algorithmic techniques and expanding research team expertise and perspectives. There is not a simple solution to the challenge, and they give insights on what work in the broader community is in progress and where it is going.

Today we’re joined by Hanna Wallach, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research.

Hanna and I really dig into how bias and a lack of interpretability and transparency show up across machine learning. We discuss the role that human biases, even those that are inadvertent, play in tainting data, and whether deployment of “fair” ML models can actually be achieved in practice, and much more. Along the way, Hanna points us to a TON of papers and resources to further explore the topic of fairness in ML. You’ll definitely want to check out the notes page for this episode, which you’ll find at twimlai.com/talk/232.

We’d like to thank Microsoft for their support and their sponsorship of this series. Microsoft is committed to ensuring the responsible development and use of AI and is empowering people around the world with intelligent technology to help solve previously intractable societal challenges spanning sustainability, accessibility and humanitarian action. Learn more at Microsoft.ai.

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Machine learning and data science applications can be unintentionally biased if care is not taken to evaluate their effect on different sub-populations. However, by using a “fair” approach, machine decision making can potentially be less biased than human decision makers.


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