Software Coders Define Our World … Is That OK?

“If you use an Artificial Intelligence that can’t make moral judgments and it just makes pattern matches, all you’re going to do is replicate the biases from the past,”

By Jason Middleton

Software may well in fact eat the world, but somebody has to write it first. All that software code comes from fallible, flawed humans.

We’ve talked about biases in coding and algorithms several times on this show. We use software nearly every instant we’re awake, and if we want to understand how today’s digital world works, we ought to understand something about the industry building it: computer programmers.

So this week we’re hosting Clive Thompson, the author of ‘Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World.’

Clive is a journalist at Wired and the New York Times whose new book is already on digital and physical shelves.

We cover sexism in algorithms, basic bias in coding and what drives a computer programmer to do what they do.


Have great weeks, everybody.

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