Machine Learning And Human Bias: An Uneasy Pair

Date: August 2, 2015 Published by



  • It’s easy to imagine how the Chicago PD Heat List could be used in a responsible way.
  • When the prison population of America is overwhelmingly Black and Latino males, would an algorithm based on relationships disproportionately target young men of color?
  • I’d wager that most readers feel a little uneasy about how the Chicago PD Heat List was implemented – even if they agree that the intention behind the algorithm was good.
  • The Chicago PD and PredPol models are important reminders that personal analytics aren’t the only option.
  • The Chicago PD hasn’t released any data on the Heat List’s effectiveness yet.


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