Plants Could Save Us From Climate Change - but Not in the Way Scientists Expected

Plants like carbon. Along with light and water, carbon is one of the primary things that they need to grow—and the more of it the better. With more carbon in the atmosphere, some have posited that climate change could be good for plants—whether they be trees in a forest or rows of grain in a field. In a rather elegant solution to climate change, so the thinking goes, the increased growth of plants around the globe could increase the rate that the world’s greenery sucks C02 out of the atmosphere—and help to limit overall emissions.

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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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