Joy Buolamwini discovered something strange while working on MIT – the face recognition programme couldn’t identify dark-skinned faces. Her shocking discovery led to the unravelling of a large issue in systems that surround us every day.
It could seem that technological progress and machines capable of evaluation with precision and objectivity unreachable by humans would lead to a more just society. But behind the algorithms and databases based on which the machines make their decisions there is still a human being with flaws and bias. Together with other male and female specialists on data and technology Joy sets out to uncover a code that enters all of our lives but only some are damaged by it.
DIRECTED BY: Shalini Kantayya
SCREENPLAY: Shalini Kantayya
CAST: Joy Buolamwini, Cathy O'Neil
MUSIC: Katya Mihailova
EDITING: Alexandra Gilwit, Shalini Kantayya, Zachary Ludescher
PRODUCTION: Shalini Kantayya, Kathryn Henderson, 7th Empire Media