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Coded Bias, directed by Shalini Kantayya, was a film that seemed to keep deep-diving further and further into the murky depths of algorithms and Artificial Intelligence. What seems much like an iceberg, much of algorithms and artificial intelligence use in the United States is not seen on the surface; much of it is kept hidden out of public view and only some of its uses can be directly observed. It’s explained further in the film how AI is based on algorithms, and that both are not monitored by any sort of ethics committee. The film starts off this issue by…


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Throughout the past few decades, the effects of social media have been widely felt throughout so many different areas or our lives. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, social media was used so often for connecting with others, sharing vital news information and for exploring and learning about various topics and communities. After the stay-at-home orders have been put into place, the importance and dependence on social media and technology has become even more evident. With this dependence, one area of our lives that has been drastically affected by social media and the internet has been activism, politics and discussions around…


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Not too long ago, my twin sister and I did an experiment to see which of our devices were able to tell the difference between us. Being identical, we often are not able to be told apart from one another by those who do not know us very well. While we feel that we do not look exactly alike, we agree that we do look very similar to each other. We tried both my Windows laptop and her iPhone 12 to see if we could crack into each other’s devices, and we quickly found out that we could easily use…


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The rise of “fake news”, or the spread of misinformation and disinformation online, over the past few years have raised many ethical concerns. In the University of Michigan video, “Types of Inaccurate Information and How to Spot Them”, Brian Weeks explains many different types of inaccurate information that can be found online. While explaining the different types, he discusses how much of this information is used to create support or opposition for political candidates and policies. One example that he gave was that illegitimate news stories were created about Donald Trump receiving endorsement from the Catholic Pope when he was…


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Computer-based and digital technologies may seem like it had been conceived and developed throughout a couple of decades, however, the actual time this concept has been around for is more akin to a couple of centuries. Starting with the baseline of logarithms, John Napier in 1614, used this idea to create a better foundation for analytics that would inspire many inventions and mathematical tools. A few hundred years later, Charles Babbage created a “Difference Engine” that, when cranked by hand, would calculate and compute mathematical equations and tables, which would be considered one of the first instances of a programmable…

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