Several international media outlets have praised female politicians for their leadership in curbing the coronavirus. But when this is done at the risk of promoting gender essentialism, there is cause for concern regarding how these opinions might implicate the larger goal of equality.
People often – falsely – assume that AI and machine learning technologies are uninfluenced by prejudice and other negative human traits. This is not the case. Algorithm are designed by humans and their unconscious biases will be reflected in the data that they collect and curate, as well as in the logic of the algorithms they create.