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What’s A Selfie?

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What’s A Selfie?

The term ‘selfie’ refers to pictures you take of yourself, usually on your phone or webcam, with the intent of uploading them on some form of social media. Historically, ‘selfies’ began with portraits of kings and queens, particularly in Europe.

“I look¬†#dope in that selfie”
– Anne Boleyn, 1533.

Okay, I don’t think anything from those last two sentences is true but I’m finding it hard to compete with the remarkable amount of information in this infographic about selfies. Selfies, as they are known today, actually began with Myspace and have continued to gain popularity ever since. Everyone is taking selfies, from politicians to celebrities, even The Pope is in on it. Oh, and just in case you’re wondering what this little ‘#’ symbol is for it’s a hashtag used to tag keywords and phrases in social media, usually Twitter or Instagram.

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    Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

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    Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

    Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

    Does technology have all the answers?

    This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.

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    Creating technological solutions transparently

    This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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    Technology as the connecting tool

    Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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    “Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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