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Professors Warn Of Perils Over Tech Taking Decision-Making From Humans

• by Nathan Rubbelke

In the future, your future might depend on a series of carefully calculated zeros and ones.

As technology improves, humans become less involved in decisions that affect our lives — and that isn't exactly a good thing.

As artificial intelligence gains ground, college professors at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst have developed a program to test software for bias and discrimination.

Yes, racial discrimination. But more than that. Healthcare decisions. Loan decisions. Heck, even how Amazon decides package-sending rates.

"Today, software determines who gets a loan or gets hired, computes risk-assessment scores that help decide who goes to jail and who is set free, and aids in diagnosing and treating medical patients," according to the program's developers.

With that, it's critical "software does not discriminate against groups or individuals," argue researchers, adding that their field of study is "undervalued" and "countless examples of unfair software have emerged."

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