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Can an algorithm be racist? Interview on BBC Trending

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Super excited to be the interviewee on an upcoming BBC Trending, which is a show carried regularly on the BBC World Service. The interviewer is journalist Anisa Subedar, who did this marvellous work on The Godfather of Fake News, and its produced by Marco Silva, The main event time is for the UK broadcast, and a complete list of international broadcast times appears below.

Here’s the BBC’s blurb on the show:

“Algorithms have shaped the internet as we know it. Complex automated instructions drive search engines and social media platforms, and offer us each a tailored, individualised online experience.

Techno-optimists have long looked at artificial intelligence in awe, hoping that machines and algorithms would help humans find solutions for complex problems and remove human bias.

But some are more sceptical and argue algorithms not only have human prejudices built into them – but that they are making those biases worse.

Robert Elliott Smith is an expert in artificial intelligence and author of the new book Rage Inside the Machine: The Prejudice of Algorithms, and How to Stop the Internet Making Bigots of Us All.

He argues that algorithms are prejudiced by their very nature and that, in their search for simple solutions to human questions, they have created divisions among us.

He also argues algorithms have amplified our biases and turned many of us into bigots.

But are the machines really to blame? Or are they just mirroring who we really are?”

International Broadcast Times:

Australasia | sat 07:06-07:29 | rpt: Sat 14:32-14:50, 20:32-20:50 AEST (Fri 21:06-21:29, Sat 04:32-04:50, Sat 10:32-10:50 GMT)
ABC | Sat 07:06-07:29 | rpt: Sat 20:32-20:50 AEST (Fri 21:06-21:29; Sat 10:32-10:50 GMT)
East Asia | Fri 21:06-21:29 | rpt: Sat 04:32-04:50, 10:32-10:50 GMT
South Asia | Fri 21:06-21:29 | rpt: Sat 10:32-10:50 GMT
East Africa | Fri 21:06-21:29 | rpt: Sat 10:32-10:50 GMT
West Africa | Sat 04:32-04:50 | rpt: Sat 10:32-10:50 GMT
Middle East | Fri 21:06-21:29| rpt: Sat 04:32-04:50, 10:32-10:50 GMT
Europe | Fri 21:06-21:29 | rpt: Sat 04:32-04:50, 10:32-10:50 GMT
UK | Fri 21:06-21:29 | rpt: Sat 04:32-04:50, 10:32-10:50 GMT
North & Central America | Fri 21:06-21:29 | rpt: Sat 04:32-04:50, 10:32-10:50 GMT
News Stream | Fri 21:06-21:29 | rpt: Sat 04:32-04:50, 10:32-10:50 GMT
APM | Sat 00:32-00:50 | rpt: Sun 05:32-05:50, 11:06-11:29 EDT (Sat 04:32-04:50; Sun 09:32-09:50, 15:06-15:29 GMT)

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