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Widening The Historical Inequalities due to Algorithmic Divide

Tackled:

  • Algorithm (“a set of rules a machine follows to achieve a particular goal”) promoting discrimination through widening the historical inequalities
  • algorithm = by-product of artificial intelligence > big contributor facilitating discriminatory practices in today’s democratic regime.
  • mobile phones, laptops, televisions, etc.  made of very precise algorithms as they run on a computer program which is itself an implemented algorithm
  • leading to a stage of blatant violation of the fundamental rights of the marginalized and minority fragment of the society.
  • algorithms which classify personal data + trace them accordingly to generate the subject => classification
  • filters + criteria for classification
  • Bias =  situation where conditions are less favourable for one group as compared to the other group & when there is no justification available to showcase such differential behavior.
  • human rights issue > miscategorising >subjugation of disparities between white people and black people => racist algorithm
  • gender bias
  • bias in Word-embedding
  • socio-political hegemony on the roots of historical inequalities

The Human Rights Blog

Sahajveer Baweja


As the dependency on using algorithms has rapidly increased due to its capability of doing a multifarious task with ease, it is necessary to understand that how algorithms are also one of the biggest facilitators of discriminatory practices. In this article, the focus has been laid on how the algorithm is promoting discrimination through widening the historical inequalities. The adequate focus has been given to explain the components of an algorithm such as opacity and automated-decision making capacity, which is mainly showing such discriminatory results thereby, violating the right to equal treatment and non-discrimination.

Understanding the algorithmic divide

An algorithm that is a by-product of artificial intelligence is one such big contributor that is facilitating discriminatory practices in today’s democratic regime. The word algorithm has seen a transitional shift from just being a technical, mathematical terminology exclusively used by computer scientists and mathematicians to a term that is…

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Who is mastering who

In these times of pandemic lots of youngsters say their youth is taken away. Others complain that the government has taken control over their life and has limited their freedom. Some have become afraid that governments want to change their person and even go so far by manipulating their DNA.  There are really people who think it would be possible that governments could make robots of their citizens.

R.H. (Rusty) Foerger wrote already in 2015

Conscience and Ethics:

It is odd, isn’t it, that science needs to be reminded that it is a root in the word conscience; and that there is a need for morality in this field of study that gives rise to the Robot. There is even a discipline known as Roboethics, in which machines of artificial intelligence are also considered artificial moral agents (AMA’s).

The issue of morality and technology has been beckoning ever more forcefully since the Industrial Revolution began (if you are morality-phobic, then consider the notion of ethics). From Nobel’s Dynamite, to Oppenheimer’s Nuclear Bomb, to today’s misnomer: the smart bomb, there is a pricked conscience behind each failure of improved (?) technology. Thus Alan E. Lewis writes:

Modern science, judged by the fruit it bears, has thrown into sharp relief humanity’s fateful determination not to remain as creatures, conjoined in mutuality with all creation, but to be our own masterful creators…

… there is a cosmic wedge between… facts and values, allowing society to analyze, exploit, and control nature and its resources without reference to the spiritual meaning and moral consequences of its rapacity and heteronomy. {Artificial Intelligence: Conscience and Consciousness}

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Of further interest

Artificial Intelligence; the good or the bad?

What Everyone Must Know About Artifical Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence Vs Machine Learning Vs Deep Learning: What exactly is the difference ?

Heteronomy or Autonomy, You Choose

Unlived Life

Darkest sides of the artifical intelligence

Too much of a good thing can be a very bad thing: Technology’s Future>Why we must act now

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