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Open thread for night owls: Are we turning our computers into racists?

Researchers and corporations alike are turning more and more to artificial intelligence techniques to teach computers to make more-accurate-than-human assessments of everything from healthcare diagnoses to recidivism rates. An algorithm can, for example, scan through a tremendous volume of publicly available texts and make associations—find patterns in words and concepts—based on commonalities between hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of them.
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