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Data Science, Society & Politics: Is AI Racist? How AI & Data Science Is Changing Society & Politics With Dr Susan Oman From The University of Sheffield

9th November 2022 @ 16:15 - 17:15

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In September 2022, someone tweeted that Google’s facial recognition software thought his face was a bowl of lentils. Whilst this went viral as a funny example, local police forces and government are trialling facial recognition in public places without our knowing. This tech uses artificial intelligence (AI) which has been shown to exhibit racist and sexist biases that may lead to unfair or dangerous decisions. Data Scientists are at the cutting edge of innovations that solve social problems, tackling COVID-19 and designing virtual realities, but should those who make and use these technologies consider how they affect people and the social problems they may also cause?

This session will ask some serious questions about how AI and Data Science can change our lives, society and politics. This includes what grades we get in our A levels, what we see on social media, what we think and how people vote for our leaders. It will show how Data Science should and can do better for society.

Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Susan Oman



Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) with an interest in the role of Data Science and data scientists in our society and politics.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:

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9th November 2022
16:15 - 17:15
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