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Joy Buolamwini

When AI misclassified her face, she started a movement for accountability.
by Erika Beras

Joy Buolamwini, 28

MIT Media Lab and Algorithmic Justice League

As a college student, Joy Buolamwini discovered that some facial-analysis systems couldn’t detect her dark-skinned face until she donned a white mask. “I was literally not seen by technology,” she says.

That sparked the research for her MIT graduate thesis. When she found that existing data sets for facial–analysis systems contained predominantly pale-skinned and male faces, Buolamwini created a gender-balanced set of over a thousand politicians from Africa and Europe.

Read more on technologyreview.com.

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