Barry Bonds' Prosecutors: This Is Your Testicles on Drugs

Great balls of fire!  The trial of Barry Bonds took another twist March 24 when the prosecution revealed that they would make the size of Barry Bonds’ testicles the crux of their case in order to prove that Bonds lied to a grand jury in the 2003 BALCO case.   An expert was called to the stand to explain the symptoms associated with the use of steroids. Larry Bowers, the science director for the U.S. Anti Doping Agency, testified that “it has been well-documented that you can have testicular atrophy."   The reason for this was to lay the scientific foundation to call Bonds' former mistress Kimberly Bell as a witness. She is expected to soon testify that she observed Bonds suffering from testicular shrinkage, bloating, hair loss and acne. All of these are documented side effects of steroid abuse.

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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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