Software Engineering at Google Chapter #4 - Engineering for Equity (1 of 3)

  • Bias is the default
  • Software engineering is a new field, thus we are still trying to understand its impact on underrepresented people and groups
  • There is an increasing imbalance of power between those who make development decisions that affect the world and those who must live with and accept those decisions
  • We may not recognize our own biases
  • Some discussion about the 2015 incident where Google Photos classified black people as gorillas
  • Mostly-whites are both writing the software and providing the data set
  • "Build for everyone" is a Google brand statement
  • Because of bias, Google has at times failed to represent users equitably
  • Autocomplete can return offensive results
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