Algorithms explained: how they affect us and their potential for bias

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Our March event will be about algorithms!
Kate Stapleton will tell us about what they, are how they affect us and their potential for bias.
See below for details and looking forward to seeing you all!

*********** IMPORTANT NOTE ***********
The talk will start at 6:00pm sharp, which is earlier than usual!

Kate Stapleton, security and blockchain researcher, privacy advocate and ethical hacker.

Talk Abstract:
Algorithms affect almost every aspect of our lives and we rarely go a day without interacting with them, but how do they work exactly? During my talk I will provide a comprehensive explanation of how algorithms work and what constitutes an efficient and effective algorithm. I will discuss how AI and machine learning interact and with and power algorithms and debunk some common misconceptions regarding them. From there I will discuss the far reaching impacts and applications algorithms have in society and just how much influence they have on the systems that power our daily lives. Algorithmic bias has become an increasingly emergent issue in recent years, gaining significant attention recently with it’s effects on social media and the news. I will end my talk by discussing what algorithmic bias is, how it works and it’s effects on the systems it touches, as well as ways to address and combat it.


The event layout is super chill. Its a monthly hangout where we start the talks at 6pm (talks are in a variety of areas) and usually last an hour or so. We usually have one main talk (30-45 min) and one or two lightning talks (10-15 minutes).

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