How to Stop Computers Being Biased

The bid to prevent algorithms producing racist, sexist or class-conscious decisions

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By Madhumita Murgia

One of the first major court cases over how algorithms affect people’s lives came in 2012, after a computer decided to slash Medicaid payments to around 4,000 disabled people in the US state of Idaho based on a database…