Riddles 10

It moves fast without thinkingAnd has one single aimIn the grips of obsession:To kill or to maim.ANSWER: A bulletA bullet moves fast, unthinking, aimed at a single target. In the hands of an obsessed killer, a bullet is fired to kill or to main.INTERMEDIATESix dead sailors in a box.Preserved in oil. Closely packed.Use the key to open itAnd you'll never close it back.ANSWER: A tin of sardinesSix dead sardines come in the average tin. The bodies are closely packed into the container and are preserved in oil. A key that comes with the tin may be used to open the container -- but the container will never be re-sealed.DIFFICULTIt's paint that should accentuate.It's sometimes like a mask one wears.Other times it should work so wellThat folks will think it isn't there.ANSWER: MakeupMakeup should accentuate a person's most attractive features. While it sometimes masks a person's true coloring -- think hot pink lipstick -- it can, when skillfully applied, erase its own presence and make accentuated beauty look completely natural.

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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