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Building AI Systems That Make Fair Decisions

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MIT's Harini Suresh

"I'm working on creating algorithms that utilize data effectively but fairly," says MIT CSAIL Ph.D. student Harini Suresh.

Credit: Credit: Jason Dorfman / MIT CSAIL

A growing body of research has demonstrated that algorithms and other types of software can be discriminatory, yet the vague nature of these tools makes it difficult to implement specific regulations. Determining the existing legal, ethical and philosophical implications of these powerful decision-making aides, while still obtaining answers and information, is a complex challenge.

Harini Suresh, a Ph.D. student at MITs Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), is investigating this multilayered puzzle: how to create fair and accurate machine learning algorithms that let users obtain the data they need.

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