Algorithms run our lives by dictating what we as a society deem as “correct” or “true.” Just like how Joy Buolamwini’s face was unable to be registered in the MIT Media Lab, many times facial recognition is unable to properly recognize the correct user. Joy discovered that the program was unable to recognize her, the only darker skinned person’s, face in the experiment. What comes to mind is the Apple iPhone problem when the facial recognition lock screen opened for the wrong user. The phone owner and the wrong user were both asian women similar in age. It could be argued that a lot of asian people “look alike,” but in reality this would never happen to any two white people-unless they’re twins.
The reactions to this iPhone fail alone proves how society views each race with different standards. The stereotype that all asian people look alike only exists in America because America is a white dominant country. In asia, they can tell Chinese from Japanese from Korean from just a quick glance. Algorithms are only pushing us to think it is okay to think this was because it will return either an unlocked phone or a locked phone ingraining the racial stereotypes in us without us even noticing.
Algorithms run our lives just like society runs our lives. Many people never stop to think how much society’s rules and ideals have changed the way we think and act, and are ingrained into our way of life. I think algorithms can work the same way. We never stop to think about the ingrained stereotypes that are present in our daily lives.
Algorithms are created by the top 1% to cater to themselves. They are looking for ways to benefit themselves and make many of their choices on money, power, or influence.