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Wednesday 11th September 2019

Rage Inside the Machine

Why are algorithms prejudiced? Is it a product of a hidden, bigoted, politically-activist brogrammer cabal in Silicon Valley? Is it that big data analytics are simply revealing the ugly truths about ourselves and the fundamental dysfunction of our social institutions? Or, could it just be something inherent in algorithms themselves?

In order to reclaim human rights in a world governed by technocracy, we must understand how our technological systems were fashioned, who created them and what ideas and ambitions gave them life. UCL’s Dr Robert Elliott Smith has 30 years’ experience designing and teaching Artificial Intelligence and his latest research delves into a story of prejudice, questionable ideology, error and miscalculation, to unveil the dangerous consequences of algorithmic bias on society.

On 11 September, Robert will be at 12 Hay Hill to reveal how modern scientific perspectives suggest an alternative direction, one which offers an opportunity, not just to ‘fix’ algorithmic prejudice, but to use algorithms to create a more progressive and unified technological world.

12 Hay Hill. Doors 6:30pm. Start at 7pm. Tickets are £15 (including a glass of wine on arrival) or with a £30 ticket, get a signed copy of Robert's brilliant new book, Rage Inside the Machine and a glass of wine on arrival.