Rozsa Melinda finds shows how much gender bias is baked into Google Translate as it translates from Hungarian (which uses gender neutral pronouns) into English -
(Via This tweet embedded in this article on Cracked.)
That's a serious problem with machine learning - it picks up the biases of the data it's trained on.
Hell, I'd go further than that and say it's a problem with humans. It seems like our Right Hemisphere may well be the seat of our deep, long-lived wisdom. But it's a product of its environment, just like everything else - but its pronouncements seem just so fundamentally true. So if the structure you grow up in is sexist and racist, sexism and racism are just going to seem like obvious truth.
Happy Earth Day.
How old school is Arlington?