Testing for Cognitive Bias in AI

Why Machine Learning Applications Are Like People

 A Guest Webinar by Peter Varhol

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We are proud to welcome our newest guest speaker, Peter, a recognized software strategist, evangelist, and an excellent speaker in everything software. He will hold the webinar on, “Testing for Cognitive Bias in AI: Why Machine Learning Applications Are Like People”.

Main message:

When we train AI systems using human data, the result is human bias.

We would like to think that AI-based machine learning systems always produce the right answer within their problem domain. In reality, their performance is a direct result of the data used to train them. The answers in production are only as good as that training data.

Data collected by a human such as surveys, observations, or estimates, can have built-in human biases. Even objective measurements can be measuring the wrong things or can be missing essential information about the problem domain.

The effects of biased data can be even more deceptive. AI systems often function as black boxes, which means technologists are unaware of how an AI came to its conclusion. This can make it particularly hard to identify any inequality, bias, or discrimination feeding into a particular decision.

This webinar will explain:

  • How AI systems can suffer from the same biases as human experts
  • How that could lead to biased results
  • Examine how testers, data scientists, and other stakeholders can develop test cases to recognize biases, both in data and the resulting system
  • Ways to address those biases

Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of:

  • How data influences
  • How machine learning systems make decisions
  • How selecting the wrong data, or ambiguous data, can bias machine learning results
  • Why we don’t have insight into how machine learning systems make decisions
  • How we can identify and correct bias in machine learning systems

The webinar will end with a Q&A.

Speaker: Peter Varhol, Software Strategist & Evangelist

Peter Varhol is a well-known writer and speaker on software and technology topics. He has authored dozens of articles and spoken at a number of industry conferences and webcasts. Peter has advanced degrees in computer science, applied mathematics, and psychology. Currently, he has his own consulting company, Technology Strategy Research. His past roles include technology journalist, software product manager, software developer, and university professor.

The Speaker

Peter Varhol

Software Strategist & Evangelist