‘If you have a face, you have a place in the conversation about AI,’ expert says

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Computer scientist Joy Buolamwini was a graduate student at MIT when she made a startling discovery: The facial recognition software program she was working on couldn’t detect her dark skin; it only registered her presence when she put on a white mask.

It was Buolamwini’s first encounter with what she came to call the “coded gaze.”

“You’ve likely heard of the ‘male gaze’ or the ‘white gaze,'” she explains. “This is a cousin concept really, about who has the power to shape technology

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