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METIS Lecture 2021: Recording

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The annual METIS Lecture showcases research and researchers relevant to the topic of equal opportunities in academia. The 2021 lecture “Computer Says No: How Discrimination Can Creep Into AI” was given by Prof. Dr. Katharina Zweig. 

The lecture

In recent years, “the” computer “said no” to people in many different situations: no to a credit application, no to a job application, or no to an application for a new job training for an unemployed person. But how did “the computer” decide these problems? And did it decide fairly? What does it actually mean to make a fair decision? In this talk, Prof. Dr. Katharina Zweig gives insights into how machine learning works and why the question of what is fair and what is not is still decided by humans.

With her talk, Professor Zweig lays a foundation for computer scientists, equal opportunities professionals, and anyone with an interest in gender equality to work together to fight discrimination. For those already working with AI, she explains which questions to ask and how to interpret decisions made by AI, in order to make sure that only fair systems are used and are used well.

The speaker

Prof. Dr. Katharina Zweig works at the TU Kaiserslautern where she leads the Algorithm Accountability Lab and coordinates a new field of study called “Socioinformatics”. She was a member of the Enquetecommission on artifi- cial intelligence (2018-20), wrote a bestseller (“Ein Algorithmus hat kein Taktgefühl”) and has received multiple awards for her teaching and her science communication. In 2021, she will receive the Abt Jerusalem-Preis for excep- tional contributions to the dialogue between the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

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