Caroline Sinders visited NC State’s Design College on January 16th for a lecture and on January 17th for a workshop. Both experiences were eye-opening to the flaws AND benefits of machine learning and artificial intelligence in the world today. One of the things that stuck out the most, to me, was saying that “All data is human-made”. And when you think about it, it’s true! Even when data is generated by computers, there was a human behind that setting it up. As such, bias will always find its way into such processes and it’s important when working with technology like this to remember the scale and scope of the project. If we take data for granted, we get breaches. If we don’t secure a policy, there is no transparency. And how useful is technology for everyone if it is not transparent? We are in the golden age of machine learning and artificial intelligence being used and developed to service us. With rising advancements, we also need to be aware of the ethics and parameters about how we design these systems that will work with/for us. After all, our data and algorithms are only as good as we define them to be.