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'Algorithms of oppression': Big tech urged to combat discrimination

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By Avi Asher-Schapiro

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Just multiply the output with minus 1. lol

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Oh look, people who misunderstand how some technology works writing about said technology again. If the search terms "Black girls," "Latina girls," and "Asian Girls" show ads for adult content, it's because people searching for those terms are most commonly looking for that kind of content, and thus that type of content gains more relevance. It's reinforcement learning based on statistics from real user behavior, not some deliberate malicious campaign to "oppress" minorities or women. Go learn how machine learning works before disseminating ignorance.

If you have an issue with this and want to change it, what you're talking about isn't simply changing algorithms and software, you're either talking about a) altering human behavior by force to be what you want it to be instead of what it is (which is dictatorship), or b) deliberately crippling technology to ignore reality and base decisions on an imaginary fairlyland world that doesn't exist which renders it entirely useless.

Also, literally everything is "oppression" these days, the word is now utterly meaningless, so good job contributing to that as well.

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If you typed in "white girls" you'd probably get the sane results

That's what the 'safe search' function is for, after all

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Oh look, people who misunderstand how some technology works writing about said technology again.

Never let commonsense get between gross misunderstanding and an overpaid academic looking for a way to get offended.

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Go learn how machine learning works before disseminating ignorance.

Hey now, only a select few can throw out 'Disinformation! ', I am afraid I will have to ask you for your credentials now.

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I mean people do look for porn. It's not like human sexuality disappeared with advancements in search technology. They failed to mention how old you have to be before you can search for some terms. Won't show up on my 6 year olds profile these days unless there is a glitch.

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