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Now we know any problem can have only one causal factor, and we’ve been awakened to the fact that privilege is the first chapter of that story. Do we have to conclude there’s white bias or white privilege at work here? What else could it be?
A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds that automated vehicles have a harder time distinguishing dark skinned persons from the background than those privileged with more reflective faces. Can an algorithm have a bias? Can sensors be bigoted? What else can explain it? Programmers and electrical engineers have an inborn bias against black people that they unconsciously transfer to their software? Sounds right.
But what do we do? Should those of us with darker complexions wear whiteface or reflective clothing when crossing the street? That’s a bit much to ask, I would think and the responsibility must rest with the manufacturer anyway. They’re the ones pushing these machines for whom nobody’s life matters.
Or maybe we could just stop the foolishness and go back to making people actually pay attention to driving and looking where they’re going. That way we can go back to choosing whom or what we run down in the street. I have some suggestions, but that’s for another day.