18 nov
Studium Generale | Film Festival

InScience - Coded Bias

Due to the new Covid-19 measures, cinemas are currently closed. We have changed this event from a live event to an online event. 

In this third satellite event of InScience/Maastricht, we’ll explore the world of the mind and thinking from three different angles. Will deep brain stimulation change psychiatry and our concept of happiness? What did Oliver Sacks learn us about being ‘a sentient being on this beautiful planet’? And how do racial and gender biases in AI systems impact our democracy?

This program is organised in close collaboration with Lumière Cinema and shows films from this year’s festival selection. Staff members of Maastricht University will introduce the films, and afterwards give a brief response to them and answer your questions.

Coded Bias
What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, AI is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.

Coded Bias illuminates our mass misconceptions about AI and emphasizes the urgent need for legislative protection.

Guest speaker
Dr. Kathleen Gabriels is a moral philosopher, specialized in computer ethics and Assistant Professor at Maastricht University. She researches the relations and co-shapings between morality and computer technologies. Gabriels will shed light on the moral biases in algorithms.

Livestream - Introduction & discussion

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