Discussion of the film, Coded Bias

“Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? ‘Coded Bias’ follows MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that many facial recognition technologies fail more often on darker-skinned faces. Buolamwini delves into an investigation of widespread bias in artificial intelligence and the person-made and machine-learned algorithms that drive it. As it turns out, AI is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.”

Go to https://sites.google.com/cvsdvt.org/coded-bias-vermont-screening/press-release to sign up to watch the movie. Watch it for free anytime before 3/8. Then join us on Monday, March 8th at 7pm to discuss this timely and critically important film. A Windsor Public Library Event (Windsor County.)

Zoom invite info can be found at http://www.windsorlibrary.org/programs_for_adults.aspx#codedbias

Zoom Anti-Racism Book Club Author Discussion with Cynthia Bittinger

Vermont Author Cynthia Bittinger will discuss her important book, “Vermont Women, Native Americans & African Americans: Out of the Shadows of History.” Originally published in 2012, a Vermont Digger article at the time by Greg Guma stated, “Given Vermont’s contemporary image as a refuge for independent and progressive thinkers it can be jarring to look at a not-so-distant past when the state was an isolationist bastion in which Native Americans had to call themselves gypsies to avoid sterilization….Cynthia D. Bittinger’s new book does not over-stress this “saddest chapter” in 20th century state history. But Vermont’s eugenics movement does suggest a central target of this slim, significant volume, which updates the traditional narrative.” Ms. Bittinger will talk about her book and also about plans to revise it. All are welcome to attend this talk, whether you have read the book or not. Sponsored by Black Lives Matter Windsor, VT, Windsor Historical Society, and Windsor Public Library. Go to the Windsor Public Library website for more information.