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Stephen Downes

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What does it mean to say that AI or algorithmic system is biased? The answer often depends on who you ask. This article looks at some ways of thinking about the issue. There are "moral and non-moralised definitions of 'bias'," there are different causes of bias, and "bias can arise at different stages in the developmental pipeline for AI systems." Consider, for example, how "you have to decide what counts as 'student success' — i.e. what is it that you are trying to predict," or how "there could be some misalignment between the user's values and those embodied in the algorithm."

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