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Teaser image to Fairness, Randomness,
and the Crystal Ball

Fairness, Randomness, and the Crystal Ball

Cynthia Dwork, Harvard University

   04.05.2022

   5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

   Livestream on YouTube

Prediction algorithms score individuals, or individual instances, assigning to each one a number in the range from 0 to 1. That score is often interpreted as a probability: What are the chances that this loan will be repaid? How likely is this tumor to metastasize? A key question lingers: What is the “probability” of a non-repeatable event? This is the defining problem of AI. Without a satisfactory answer, how can we even specify what we want from an ideal algorithm?

This talk will introduce ‘outcome indistinguishability’ — a desideratum with roots in computational complexity theory. We will situate the concept within the 10-year history of the theory of algorithmic fairness, and spell out directions for future research.


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