Stories by Miriam Vogel

Expert Voices

A proposed HUD rule on AI could allow for housing discrimination

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

HUD recently proposed a rule that would protect financial institutions from liability for using algorithms to make lending decisions, as long as the technology used was produced or distributed by a recognized company.

Why it matters: AI can inadvertently rely on characteristics that include or are correlated with race, gender and socio-economic class, so under the proposed rule, financial institutions could make illegal determinations and hide behind an AI product.

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How bias creeps into health care AI

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Many health-related AI technologies today are biased because they're built on datasets largely comprised of men and individuals of European descent.

Why it matters: An AI system trained to identify diseases, conditions and symptoms in people in these datasets could fail when presented with data from people with different characteristics.