Mata Haggis-Burridge works in the gaming industry, where he works with Artificial Intelligence systems every day. Too often, he sees that people assume AI is neutral because it’s based on facts and patterns. However, the data that is collected to build these AI systems are merely a reflection of past patterns. In this way, despite the best intentions of developers, discrimination, racism and prejudice sneak into the systems we now rely on to eliminate such human biases. In order to break with the patterns of our past, we need to recognize their flaws and teach the algorithms of the future to do the same. Dr. Mata Haggis-Burridge is Professor of Creative and Entertainment Games at NHTV: Breda University of Applied Sciences, where he has worked since 2010. He completed his PhD on Cyberculture in 2006. Mata is an award winning video game developer, as well as researching the social implications of national and international policies regarding video games. His work frequently involves confronting how problematic outcomes emerge from complex systems, and trying to find new paths to better solutions. Mata’s talk is about how Artificial Intelligences can affect our lives in many strange ways. A sleeper TedX video that we recommend and only has 3,000 views.
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