Bias Networks

Bias Networks

David R. Williams [ Harvard ] An article in the Yale Alumni Magazine told the story of Clyde Murphy, a black man who was a member of the Class of 1970. Clyde was a success story. After Yale and a law degree from Columbia, Clyde spent the next 30 years as one of America’s top civil rights lawyers. He was also a great

Story Felling

Story Felling

Stacy Smith [ TED ] Today, I want to tell you about a pressing social issue. Now, it’s not nuclear arms, it’s not immigration, and it’s not malaria. I’m here to talk about movies. Now, in all seriousness, movies are actually really important. In film, we can be wildly entertained, and we can also be transported through storytelling. Storytelling is so important. Stories

Machine Intelligence

Machine Intelligence

Zeynep Tufekci [ TED Summit ] I started my first job as a computer programmer in my very first year of college — basically, as a teenager. Soon after I started working, writing software in a company, a manager who worked at the company came down to where I was, and he whispered to me, “Can he tell if I’m lying?” There was

Discovery Channeling

Discovery Channeling

Mahzarin Banaji (Harvard University) discusses the ways in which we are not good at knowing our own hidden prejudices and preferences. But those beliefs shape how we collaborate, run businesses, and assess colleagues. Learn about the latest research on the human “blindspot” and why businesses are using it to change their culture. FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Stephen Bowler

Weapons of Math Destruction

Weapons of Math Destruction

Kathy O’Neil [ PDF 15 ] Imagine that you’re seeing Mathematics. I stole this from my husband’s desk yesterday. Mathematicians use notation like that — hope you can see it — because mathematicians are lazy. Mathematicians use notation as shorthand for much more complicated things, that they’d have to write out with words, and it takes too long to do that — and

Blindspotting

Blindspotting

Anthony Greewald [ U-Dub, Seattle ] In the last 30 years, psychology has undergone an “implicit revolution.” Occurring outside of awareness, implicit bias disadvantages segments of society, intrudes on law enforcement and affects the administration of justice. In “Discriminating without Awareness of Discriminating,” Psychology Professor Anthony Greenwald, University of Washington, discusses how intergroup discrimination can occur without prejudicial hostility, conscious intent or awareness

The Social Animal

The Social Animal

Elliot Aronson (born January 9, 1932) is an American psychologist. He is listed among the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th Century and is best known for the invention of the Jigsaw Classroom as a method of reducing interethnic hostility and prejudice. He is also known for his research on cognitive dissonance and his influential social psychology textbooks. In his (1972) text,