1. Is Your Software Secretly Racist? Now, Scientists Can Tell

    Is Your Software Secretly Racist? Now, Scientists Can Tell

    Last year, Amazon was figuring out where it should offer free same-day delivery service to reach the greatest number of potential Prime customers. So the company did what you’d expect: It used software to analyze all sorts of undisclosed metrics about each neighborhood, ultimately selecting the “best” based on its calculations. But soon journalists discovered that, time and time again, Amazon was excluding black neighborhoods. It wasn’t on purpose, Amazon claims.

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