Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez Is Absolutely Right About Racist Algorithms

Freshman Democratic congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is making headlines on a daily basis, because she’s simultaneously hugely popular among young progressives, and regularly enraging to conservatives and moderates. In just one of several headline moments from the past 24 hours, Ocasio-Cortez appeared on an MLK Day broadcast with author Ta-Nahesi Coates, and declared that facial recognition technologies “always have these racial inequities that get translated, because algorithms are still made by human beings, and those algorithms are still pegged to basic human assumptions. They’re just automated. And automated assumptions—if you don’t fix the bias, then you’re just automating the bias.”

The comments were highlighted on Twitter by Ryan Saavedra, a reporter for the conservative Daily Wire, who commented: “Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claims that algorithms, which are driven by math, are racist.”

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