Technology and design aren’t neutral. But how can we correct course on histories and technologies that have too often left out Black voices, with oppressive results? Tonight at After Dark, we’ll consider this question through two lenses: design history and machine learning.
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Join graphic designer Silas Munro as he explores Black Design in America, which presents a history of design that centers marginalized designers and cultural figures - particularly BIPOC and QTPOC people - while also considering how design has been used as a tool of oppression. Silas Munro is an educator and the founder of poly-mode, a design studio that uses design to inspire people to better themselves and improve society.
As technologies driven by machine-learning systems become increasingly widespread, it’s become clear that these systems, often used in surveillance or for decision-making, lack the neutrality they promised. Hear from Deborah Raji about the ways in which machine-learning systems reinforce human bias and racism - and engage with her thoughts on how we can debug” the systems of their discriminatory data and applications. Raji is currently a fellow at Mozilla and was recently celebrated as a key innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review.
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