Joy Buolamwini — the coding expert known for highlighting the social implications of Artificial Intelligence — has just inked a deal with Random House for her book “Justice Decoded,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) June 18, 2020
Face 2 Face Africa reports that her book will take an “investigative look into the harms and biases of AI and other technologies, from racial bias in facial surveillance to gender bias in voice recognition and more, which argues that social justice requires algorithmic justice in a world increasingly dependent on Big Tech.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Random House’s Marie Pantojan is credited with the deal for the publisher.
The Ghanaian-American computer scientist is widely known for her TED Talk about algorithmic bias titled “How I’m Fighting Bias in Algorithms,” which has reached over 1.2 million views.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to share my experiences, and I hope it increases and broadens participation in the creation of more equitable technology,” Buolamwini said, in regards to her TED Talk.
She’s written columns for Time Magazine and The New York Times. She’s also been seen in the documentary feature “Coded Bias” and spoken word video, “AI, Ain’t I A Woman?,” that addresses AI failures on the faces of Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama, among others, Face 2 Face Africa reports.
She founded the Algorithmic Justice League with an aim to promote equality and accountability during the design, development, and deployment of coded systems. Buolamwini has committed her career to sensitizing people, mainly outside of academia, on issues around algorithmic fairness.
“Many people are unaware of the growing impact of the coded gaze and the rising need for fairness, accountability, and transparency in coded systems,” she said.
“As the daughter of an artist and cancer researcher, I grew up seeing the arts and sciences used in service of humanity,” Buolamwini said. “From the age of 9, I was fascinated by robotics and wanted to create meaningful technology. As a result, using technology in the service of humanity has been the core of my endeavors. I strive to show compassion through computation.”
Buolamwini holds graduate degrees from Oxford University and MIT, and a bachelor’s from the Georgia Institute of Technology, according to The Hollywood Reporter.