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Can algorithms be trusted?

How are algorithms shaping the modern world and should we be worried?

Algorithms have become a ubiquitous part of modern lives. They suggest films on streaming services, vet loans for approval, shortlist job candidates, even help decide prison sentences and medical care. But there are questions over the way they are applied. The banking giant Goldman Sachs faced criticism after it was alleged that an algorithm used to determine people's credit score was sexist because it gave women a lower credit limit to men. An algorithm used to allocate health care in the United States was accused of bias against black patients. And this week a supreme court judge in Britain called for the creation of a commission to regulate algorithms. So how did the world become so dependent on algorithms and how are they changing people's lives? Paul Henley and a panel of expert guests discuss how algorithms are shaping the modern world.

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53 minutes

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Sat 23 Nov 2019 04:06GMT


Abishur Prakash - Geopolitical futurist and author

Matthias Spielkamp -  Executive Director, Algorithm Watch 

Rachel Thomas - Director, USF Center for Applied Data Ethics

Zeynep Tufekci - Associate Professor, UNC, Chapel Hill  

Also featuring

Dr. Rima Arnaout - UCSF Institute for Computational Health Sciences

Maureen van der Pligt - Dutch trade union FNV

Al Barrentine - Data Scientist, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition




Artificial intelligence, conceptual image. Credit: Science Photo Library, BBC


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