Understanding Bias in Algorithmic Design

In 2016, The Seattle Times uncovered an issue with a popular networking site’s search feature. When the investigative reporters entered female names into LinkedIn’s search bar, the site asked if they meant to search for similar sounding male names instead—“Stephen Williams” instead of “Stephanie Williams,” for example.…

Understanding Bias in Algorithmic Design

The Long and Lonely Road

In the glass boardroom of New Lab, one of New York’s newest—and aptly named—makerspaces, Anna Thornton addressed a captive audience of nearly 100 entrepreneurs. Thornton, director of quality and engineering at hardware consultancy Dragon Innovation, responded to an audience question with advice on the diligence required for…

The Long and Lonely Road

Broken Pipes

Stroll into someone’s home in most cities in the world, and they may offer you something to drink, but it will not likely be tap water. A startling infographic produced in 2014 from data by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that tap water was…

Broken Pipes

Random Access

Kenya’s vast rural landscape tells a misleading story about energy access across the country. Power transmission towers can be spotted in even the most remote areas and found within one kilometer of 70 percent of Kenyan households. Yet only five percent of rural residents—who constitute the majority of…

Random Access