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Why It Is So Hard to Make AI Fair and Unbiased

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Computer scientists are used to thinking about "bias" in terms that are different from the way most people use the word.

Credit: Christina Animashaun/Vox

What do big players in tech mean when they say they care about making AI that is fair and unbiased? Major organizations such as Google, Microsoft, and even the Department of Defense periodically release value statements signaling their commitment to these goals.

But they tend to elide a fundamental reality: Even AI developers with the best intentions may face inherent trade-offs, where maximizing one type of fairness necessarily means sacrificing another.

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