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Can an Ancient African Philosophy Save Us from AI Bias?

Sabelo Mhlambi speaks with BUToday about the long history of injustice behind AI bias, and how a broader appreciation of Ubuntu could lead to more equitable applications of technology.

“A driving force behind decolonial AI is that if we don’t look at how these historic systems of inequality still persist, the AI systems will always reproduce the inequities,” he says. “We cannot risk continuing to build AI systems on a broken, partial, and biased foundation.”

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