When I consider the level of commitment it took for me to enroll and graduate from law school, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story’s words still ring true: “The law is a jealous mistress and requires a long and constant courtship. It is not to be won by trifling favors, but by a lavish homage.” I became intimate with Justice Story’s words as law school became the single most important thing in my life, allowing little room for anything else romantically, socially, or financially until I graduated.
For three years, on most days, I’d wake up early and head to…
Decisions on where to send police patrol cars, which foster parents to investigate, and who gets released on bail before trial are some of the most important, life-or-death decisions made by our government.
And, increasingly, those decisions are being automated.
The last eight years have seen an explosion in the capability of artificial intelligence, which is now used for everything from arranging your news feed on Facebook to identifying enemy combatants for the U.S. military. The automated decisions that affect us the most are somewhere in the middle.
Almost everyone possesses some degree of bias, whether conscious or subconscious. But can grappling with one’s biases consciously change them on a subconscious level?
According to Jennifer Eberhardt, who wrote the book on the subject, the answer is yes. The Stanford psychologist and author of Biased spoke to GEN about how overcoming bias is something we can practice as individuals.
What’s more, she says, institutions from the police to social media apps can find ways to help individuals slow down their thinking to actually override their worst impulses — whether that means cops asking themselves why they are pulling over…
A blog from Medium about the fight against anti-Black racism.