Ep 519 Alix Jules, Racism in Artificial Intelligence
Atheists Talk Radio Show
Once upon a time, we thought artificial intelligence would be less racist than people. After all, machines are objective, right? Then we started teaching them how to think and made some discoveries of our own. When racism permeates our society and our IT infrastructure, how do we teach machines to do better than we do? This week, we spoke with Alix Jules about the point where technology, cognitive sciences, and sociology collide. Related Links: “New York is investigating UnitedHealth’s use of a medical algorithm that steered black patients away from getting higher-quality care“ “Yes, artificial intelligence can be racist“ “Microsoft silences its new A.I. bot Tay, after Twitter users teach it racism“ Alix Jules’ blog
On this episode I speak with Alix Jules about his journey of faith and humanism. We also talk about the state of politics in America as secular humanists who care about marginalized groups. At one point in the conversation Alix said, "we have a crisis of compassion" in this country and what we need to realize is that "we're all in this together."Alix is a writer, activist, and social commentator who typically discusses race, religion, and politics in culture. He’s been featured in Ebony Magazine, Time Magazine Online, and is a contributor to various books and articles on science, tech, and the impact of religion in the African American community. His activism includes building bridges for humans through discourse, and finding literal safe spaces for Nonbelievers, LGBT Youth, and recovery programs for survivors of abuse.He’s an academic nomad whose graduate studies range from Computing and Data interpretation from Columbia University and Northwestern - to challenging the ideas of the mind with studies in Psychology at Harvard. He activism involves him with many different non profit organizations, including Black Non-Believers, Center for Inquiry’s African American for Humanism, and the American Humanists Association’s Black Humanists Alliance.You can find Alix on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/alix331) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/alix.jules).To become a member of Life After God and access to the Life After God Facebook Group, please visit the Patreon page (http://www.patreon.com/lifeaftergod) and subscribe at the Member ($5/mo) level.
The Courage in Being a black Atheist w/ Alix Jules
I chat with secular activist, Alix Jules, about his work in the atheist community and delve into his interesting journey into becoming a non-believer.Here's a link to the my Patheos piece mentioned in the broadcast:https://www.patheos.com/blogs/godlessindixie/2018/10/02/my-struggle-a-black-atheist-wrestles-with-anti-intellectualism-and-low-expectations/Please consider donating to my Patreon if you find any value in the show...Thanks!
Alix Jules discusses whether or not the "marketplace of ideas" is really the best way to promote free speech. He also talks about the Atheist movement, post-Trump America, and racism. Find Alix on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/alix331?lang=en Read him on Patheos @ https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thegraffitiwall/ Support this broadcast @ https://www.patreon.com/right And Learn more @ https://www.therighttoreason.com/
Support this show at patreon.com/incitingincidentpodcastIn part two of the live episode from Chicago, Rissy and Bethany interview activist Alix Jules. The content is rough but real, and isn't exactly spewing rainbows of optimism, but it's so necessary.This show is part of the Trans Podcaster Visibility Initiative.The theme music is written and performed by Shelley Segal and was used with permission.Audio for the live show was generously done by Priscilla Lennex-McCool.Contact the show at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @RisMcCool @BethanyLFutrell @SheTalksAtheism, on Facebook www.facebook.com/incitingincidentpodcastCopyright 2016, It's a Shameful Thing, Lobsterhead! LLC All Rights Reserved
SIO135: Alix Jules on Silverman, Starbucks and S'more
Serious Inquiries Only
Alright that was shameless alliteration, I admit it. But the truth is that outrage brigade member Alix Jules is here to speak on a wide array of issues and I think you'll find him as informative and entertaining as always! Other issues we touched on were raising atheist children, protesting, police reform and the Stoneman Douglas students using their privilege for good. If you're a supporter of the show, make sure to catch this week's bonus episode for supporters only! either seriouspod.com/support or patreon.com/seriouspod. Direct Download
Alix Jules is an activist and writer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, serving as President of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Freethought Dallas, President of Black Non-Believers of Dallas, as well as a national speaker on issues of intersectionality between race, religion, and gender. In this discussion, Alix and I talk about “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander, which methodically lays out the case that the kind of sub-caste intended by the architects of Jim Crow laws in the American South (carrying on the legacy of African slavery throughout the Americas) can be found today in the racial biases employed by law enforcement, political leaders, and public policy that brought about the War on Drugs as a proxy to target and diminish the cultural power of Black Americans.
Back for another great conversation is Alix Jules! This was originally going to be a follow up commentary but in speaking with Alix, it became clear that having him on would make for a much better episode! We discuss a Coates critique Twitter thread that got a lot of traction with the anti-feminist, anti-BLM factions but that I find quite off-base. Leave Thomas a voicemail! (916) 750-4746, remember short and to the point! Support the show at seriouspod.com/support! Follow us on Twitter: @seriouspod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seriouspod For comments, email email@example.com