Algorithmic bias can be extremely harmful for a variety of reasons. The world continually adapts algorithms to make crucial decisions. Algorithms exist to help businesses decide whether or not to offer people loans, evaluate job candidates for the next stage of the hiring process, and even in assessing sentence lengths for people who have been convicted of crimes.
The introduction of technology in facilitating voter responses may quell some fears of miscounted votes, but is accompanied by a host of tech-related issues. There are several different models of electronic voting machines utilized across the country, varying in age, software, capabilities, and level of susceptibility to malfunction, and just like any other electronic device, they can malfunction — big time.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the honor of attending and being a speaker at the Future for Us Summit at the Riveter in Seattle. As a minority woman and Indian American who immigrated to this country over 28 years ago, it was very gratifying to see the hundreds of people that gathered there on a Friday night.
The reality that many people are unaware of is that it’s completely possible to work in tech without a tech degree.