Riddles 19

EASYI unfold a rectangleAnd feed it to this hungry box.A circle and a cylinderAre returned as a response.ANSWER: Soft-drink machineI unfold my rectangular dollar and stick it into a soft drink vending machine. A quarter and a can of soda are returned to me in response.INTERMEDIATEModel made of one of nineKept in classroom on a stand.I mimic a revolutionMoving nations with my hand.ANSWER: GlobeThe globe in a school classroom is a model of Earth, one of the nine planets. By spinning the globe with my hand -- "moving nations" -- I can mimic the revolutions of the Earth.DIFFICULTRough paperwork hereAnd abrasive conditionsEradicate flawsAnd help smooth transitions.ANSWER: SandpaperLots of rough "paper" work is necessary to smooth the abrasive conditions of splintered or jagged wood. Once the wood's flaws are eradicated, different pieces of lumber can be fitted together to create impeccably smooth surfaces -- such that no bumps or transitions are perceivable between the wooden pieces.

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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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