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Axios' Russell Contreras (L) and National Fair Housing Alliance CEO Lisa Rice (R). Photo courtesy of Axios Events

Racial biases in technology and artificial intelligence can amplify discrimination in the housing market for people of color, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance Lisa Rice said at an Axios Event aired Tuesday.

Why it matters: AI is playing a larger role in housing decisions like tenant selections and loan approvals. The tech holds the potential to aid people of color and others who have historically faced discrimination on this front — but only with proper care for both algorithms and training data, Axios' chief technology correspondent Ina Fried wrote earlier this year.

What they're saying: "People have this erroneous belief that computers or technological systems cannot see race. Nothing is further from the truth. In fact, computers and technologically based systems, A.I., artificially intelligent systems can see race. Those systems can see national origin, and they don't dissipate the bias that is already existent in the marketplace," Rice said.

  • "They mirror and reflect the bias that is existence already in our marketplace. And sometimes they actually amplify the bias that is replete throughout the market."

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Rep. Yvette Clarke: Inclusive tech companies "will win in the end"

Axios' Ina Fried and Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.). Photo: Axios

Tech companies that "crack the code on ultimately having true, inclusive decision making will win in the end," Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) told Axios at a virtual event on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Biases seen in the algorithms created by tech companies to test how AI can moderate hate speech, eliminate cash bail, grade university-entrance exams, or approve bank loans often originate from the biases of the humans creating them.

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UN Security Council meeting on Israel-Gaza as fighting enters 7th day

Smoke billows from a fire following Israeli airstrikes on multiple targets in Gaza on May 16. Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP via Getty Images

The United Nations Security Council was preparing to meet Sunday, as the aerial bombardment between Israel and Hamas between entered a seventh day.

The latest: Four Palestinians died in airstrikes early Sunday, as Israeli forces bombed the home of Gaza's Hamas chief, Yehya al-Sinwar, per Reuters.

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In photos: Protests in U.S., across the world over Israeli–Palestinian conflict

A protest march in support of Palestinians near the Washington monument in Washington, D.C. on May 15. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Thousands of people rallied across the U.S. and the world Saturday following days of violence in Gaza and Israel that's killed at least 145 Palestinians, including 41 children, and eight Israelis, per AP.

The big picture: Most demonstrations were in support of Palestinians. There were tense scenes between pro-Israeli government protesters and pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Winnipeg, Canada, and Leipzig, Germany, but no arrests were made, CBS News and DW.com report.

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