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Introduction by Dr. Fay Cobb Payton, Professor, Information Technology/Analytics, North Carolina State University.

Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: what does it mean when artificial intelligence increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people against whom AI is biased? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that many facial recognition technologies do not accurately detect darker-skinned faces or classify the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected. This thought-provoking documentary examines how this systemic issue has been programmed into our systems, telling the story through interviews, testimonials and the shocking data that lays it all bare. Official Selection, 2020 Sundance, SXSW, Hot Docs, AFI DOCS and Full Frame film festivals.

Science on Screen

June 8–30


Science on Screen® creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, science fiction and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology.

Presented as part of Science on Screen®, an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


Dr. Fay Cobb Payton

Dr. Fay Cobb Payton is a Full Professor (with tenure) of Information Technology/Analytics at North Carolina State University and was named a University Faculty Scholar for her leadership in turning research into solutions to society's most pressing issues. Her research examines AI fairness/bias, data curation and analytics (including natural language processing), artifact design, healthcare disparities, tech leadership inclusion/exclusion, innovation and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining academe, she worked in corporate IT, engineering and consulting at IBM, EY and Time, Inc. She recently served as a judge on the Forbes AI-50 start-ups. Dr. Payton is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference publications and book chapters. She is the author of Leveraging Intersectionality: Seeing and Not Seeing (Richer Press), an anthology of her research on STEM education and experiences in both academe and corporate environments.

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    90 minutes
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    United States, China, United Kingdom
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  • Director
    Shalini Kantayya
  • Screenwriter
    Shalini Kantayya
  • Producer
    Shalini Kantayya