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BIAS IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE!? Panel discussion and virtual screening of the documentary Coded Bias

16:00 - 18:00
Online via Zoom
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A joint event of DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2073, Bielefeld University, and Leibniz University Hannover
Artificial intelligence (AI) is taking on more and more tasks around us and often paves the way for innovative digital solutions. Algorithms are used to make recommendations for insurance policies, recognise our voices, and check our passports at the airport. However, it seems that algorithms, like humans, are not always neutral or fair. Apparently, they sometimes perpetuate stereotypes. This discovery has raised many questions: Are biases in AI simply instantiations of our own cognitive biases? Does algorithmic bias compound inequality? And how far-reaching are the consequences of bias in AI?
The documentary Coded Bias by director Shalini Kantayya focusses on racist and sexist bias in artificial intelligence. Using as a starting point an accidental finding by computer scientist Joy Buolamwini, who observed that facial recognition programs identified the faces of women and people of colour significantly worse than those of white men, the film illuminates the dangers and concrete consequences for those affected by discriminatory algorithms. The film follows researchers, activists, and lawyers who are campaigning for more transparency and justice in the use of artificial intelligence.
In a panel discussion with experts Markus Ahlers and Fabio Tollon, researchers in philosophy and ethics of science at DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2073, we will discuss the dangers of bias in algorithms and the influence of their human creators. We will critically examine the points made in the documentary Coded Bias and expand on them from a philosophy-of-science perspective. There will of course be ample time for questions from the audience.
Participants will be provided with a link to the online screening and will have 7 days to view the documentary in preparation of the panel discussion. The event is open to employees as well as Masters’ students of philosophy of science of Bielefeld University and Leibniz University Hannover. It is financed by Bielefeld University and supported by the diversity management of LUH.
Please register using your university e-mail address at
The organisers
The event is co-organised by Pia Ortwein (Strategische Personalentwicklung Wissenschaft, Bielefeld University), Leonie Wiemeyer (GRK2073, Leibniz University Hannover), Markus Ahlers (GRK2073, Leibniz University Hannover), and Fabio Tollon (GRK2073, Bielefeld University). We are grateful to the Diversity Team of Bielefeld University for the generous funding of the screening.
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Alles auf einen Blick:

  • Veranstalter: Service Center für den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs
  • Ort: Online via Zoom
  • Zeit: 23.05.2022, 16:00 - 18:00
  • Zielgruppe: Studierende, Wiss. Nachwuchs
  • Öffentlichkeit: universitätsintern
  • Anmeldung: Link zur Event-Website