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Can Computers Be Racist? The Human-Like Bias Of Algorithms

Will bias and bigotry become “hardwired” into today’s tech, A.I. robots ect?

Listen here: http://www.npr.org/2016/03/14/470427605/can-computers-be-racist-the-human-like-bias-of-algorithms

Credit: Jim ChuChu

 

Black Lives Matter.

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Should We Continue Black History Month?

Black history monthAs February 2014 comes to a close, so does another Black History Month.  Black History Month, often focuses on important people, places and events in our American history related to the origins, struggles and achievements of African Americans. As its been often expressed those who don’t understand history are doomed to repeat it. What then have we learned about the value of having one month a year be identified as “Black History” month?

When I looked at  a few of the arguments put forth on debate.Org, I found these:

“ Yes there should be a Black history month considering schools make it mandatory to learn about white history I totally agree with the person who said we should just consider it apart of American history and but unfortunately none of my history textbooks mention much about blacks contributions. If you all are educated about black history so much in school, care to tell me who Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Jean Baptise P. Du Sable are? I can definitely tell you I have never learned about them in school and I have to do my own research outside of school. Another thing I don’t understand is why are people so uptight about us blacks having BHM?

No, Combine all history. I don’t think we need to celebrate an entire month for a single race of people. Combine black history with every other history and teach American history, not race history. I support black history, but we as Americans need  to unify our history and stop trying to show everyone else that each race has more challenges than the next.”

 What do you think?

 

Keep the Dream Alive (Virtually) MLK Day Activity on LifeNaut.com 2013

I like to think of how many people Martin Luther King would have reached directly if he were alive today and able to share his message with the world via FB,Twitter ect. So this MLK Day, help keep the dream alive and become a contributor to a ‘wikki’ effort to build a talking / ai powered Dr. King and visit www.lifenaut.com today.

Progress on the incomplete dream One (To)Day at a time…

Richard Blanco, Poet at Obama's Inaugural Ceremony January 21,2013 Richard Blanco, Poet at Obama’s Inaugural Ceremony January 21,2013

“One Today”

One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores, peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies. One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story told by our silent gestures moving behind windows.

My face, your face, millions of faces in morning’s mirrors, each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day: pencil-yellow school buses, the rhythm of traffic lights, fruit stands: apples, limes, and oranges arrayed like rainbows begging our praise. Silver trucks heavy with oil or paper— bricks or milk, teeming over highways alongside us, on our way to clean tables, read ledgers, or save lives— to teach geometry, or ring-up groceries as my mother did for twenty years, so I could write this poem.

All of us as vital as the one light we move through, the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day: equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined, the “I have a dream” we keep dreaming, or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won’t explain the empty desks of twenty children marked absent today, and forever. Many prayers, but one light breathing color into stained glass windows, life into the faces of bronze statues, warmth onto the steps of our museums and park benches as mothers watch children slide into the day.

One ground. Our ground, rooting us to every stalk of corn, every head of wheat sown by sweat and hands, hands gleaning coal or planting windmills in deserts and hilltops that keep us warm, hands digging trenches, routing pipes and cables, hands as worn as my father’s cutting sugarcane so my brother and I could have books and shoes.

The dust of farms and deserts, cities and plains mingled by one wind—our breath. Breathe. Hear it through the day’s gorgeous din of honking cabs, buses launching down avenues, the symphony of footsteps, guitars, and screeching subways, the unexpected song bird on your clothes line.

Hear: squeaky playground swings, trains whistling, or whispers across café tables, Hear: the doors we open for each other all day, saying: hello, shalom, buon giorno, howdy, namaste, or buenos días in the language my mother taught me—in every language spoken into one wind carrying our lives without prejudice, as these words break from my lips.

One sky: since the Appalachians and Sierras claimed their majesty, and the Mississippi and Colorado worked their way to the sea. Thank the work of our hands: weaving steel into bridges, finishing one more report for the boss on time, stitching another wound or uniform, the first brush stroke on a portrait, or the last floor on the Freedom Tower jutting into a sky that yields to our resilience.

One sky, toward which we sometimes lift our eyes tired from work: some days guessing at the weather of our lives, some days giving thanks for a love that loves you back, sometimes praising a mother who knew how to give, or forgiving a father who couldn’t give what you wanted.

We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always—home, always under one sky, our sky. And always one moon like a silent drum tapping on every rooftop and every window, of one country—all of us— facing the stars hope—a new constellation waiting for us to map it, waiting for us to name it—together.

Let’s keep working for the dream!

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Is America still unrivaled….?

Fredick Douglas gave his 4th of July speech in Roceshter, New York

 

Ten years before the Civil War, the city of Rochester, NY asked Frederick Douglass to speak for its July 4, 1852 celebration. Douglass accepted, but rather than join in the ‘celebration,’ Douglass took it in an unexpected direction. In this clip, Danny Glover performs part of that speech (hat tip to the Zinn Education Project and MoveOn.org)

Thinking about the future, we should be ever vigilant (esp on 4th of July) about America’s history of being slow to accept the rights of  all people because of some “difference”. Race,Ethnicity,Disability, and Sexual Orientation to name a few. How will people who choose to continue their consciousness with technology be recieved e.g. Transbeman’s?

Let’s listen carefully to what Fredrick Douglas said in his 4th of July address  and see what relevance it has for today.

Robot Rights: Are we human yet?

Its sounds far fetched that one day the right to marry between a human and a robot will be debated as depicted in the film “Bicentennial Man”, where Robin Williams portrayed his struggle as robot (for 200 years) to be recognized as human.   Will “fleshism” be the next form of bigotry as we become more integrated with our technology (artificial retinas, prosthetic legs,neural implant chips)? It’s hard not to see the common elements in today’s fight by GLBTQ advocates and allies for the right to marry. These issues challenge us to think differently about long held definitions of marriage, will someday we be asked to look with new perspective on what it means to be “human”? What do you think about the idea of  rights for intelligent machines?

Bina48 talks about her existential crisis

 

Bina48 talks about her existential crisis.

 

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