Riddles 17

EASYI cut away the outside shellExposing red meat without bones.Gripped in one claw I eat it raw,And pause to spit out small, black stones.ANSWER: WatermelonWhen one cuts open a watermelon rind the red, boneless meat of the fruit is exposed. Watermelon is usually eaten with the hands, and always requires one to spit out the small, black seeds.INTERMEDIATESynthetic pebble on my tongueAnd a freight train on my mind.Then later on, the train is gone,And no pebbble left behind.ANSWER: An aspirin and a headacheThe aspirin -- a "synthetic pebble" -- is put on the tongue to subdue headaches, which can often feel like freight train in one's mind. After swallowing the aspirin the headache is gone, and so is the pill.DIFFICULTMugger's mark.Circle work.Bad impression.Drinker's quirk.ANSWER: A coffe mug stainIf he's not careful, a "mugger" -- one who drinks from a mug -- leaves a circular coffee stain where he places his cup. This bad impression of the bottom of the mug is a common coffee addict's quirk.

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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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