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Livestream: "Artificial Intelligence and Bias”: A Film Screening and Discussion with “Coded Bias” filmmaker Shalini Kantayya

5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm EDT livesteam

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Date: Monday November 16, 2020 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Shalini Kantayya, Award-Winning Filmmaker; Director, Coded Bias; Fellow, TED Conferences

In Conversation With: Sarah Kaplan, Distinguished Professor and Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Topic: "Artificial Intelligence and Bias”: A Film Screening and Discussion with “Coded Bias” filmmaker Shalini Kantayya
Venue: Online. On November 9, Rotman Events will email registrants two links. One link will be for a password-protected site where you can watch the 90-minute film anytime over a 7-day period prior to our livestream discussion. The other link will be to our 60-minute livestream discussion that will take place on November 16 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm EST.
Location: Online
Cost: None. All are welcome. Pre-registration is mandatory by 11:55am on November 16.
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Description: In this 2-part event, you will get personalized access to view the 2020 documentary film Coded Bias (90 minutes) and a further link to join a 60-minute livestream discussion with the filmmaker, Shalini Kantayya.

Here’s the film’s synopsis: When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software misidentifies women and darker-skinned faces, as a woman of color working in a field dominated by white males, she is compelled to investigate further. What she discovers drives her to push the US government to create legislation to counter the far-reaching dangers of bias in a technology that is steadily encroaching on our lives. Centering the voices of women leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected, Coded Bias asks two key questions: what is the impact of Artificial Intelligence’s increasing role in governing our liberties? And what are the consequences for people stuck in the crosshairs due to their race, color, and gender? The film was an Official Selection of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.

Here’s the link to a trailer for the film: http://7thempiremedia.com/coded-bias


About Our Speaker: 
Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya’s, Coded Bias, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. It was nominated for the Festival’s Grand Jury Prize. Shalini directed for the National Geographic series Breakthrough. Broadcast June 2017 with Executive Producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, the series profiles trailblazing scientists who will transform our future. Her debut feature film, Catching the Sun, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick. The film released globally on Netflix on Earth Day 2016 with Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio, and was nominated for the Environmental Media Association Award for Best Documentary. Kantayya finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox’s On the Lot, a show by Steven Spielberg in search of Hollywood’s next great director.  A William J. Fulbright Scholar,  Kantayya is a Sundance Documentary Film Fellow, a TED Fellow, and a finalist for the ABC Disney | DGA Directing Program. 


Series Host: Institute for Gender and the Economy at Rotman (GATE)

Questions: events@rotman.utoronto.ca, Megan Murphy, (416) 978-6122 


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