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This third program in our AI series will focus on the critical issue of inherent biases in AI technologies, especially as they are deployed in law enforcement, healthcare, government, and education. We’ll look at how these biases manifest and their profound implications.

Curator and Featured Speakers:​

Dr. Avriel Epps

Dr. Avriel Epps (she/they) is a computational social scientist and a Civic Science Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell University CATLab. Her work, supported by and the National Center on Race and Digital Justice, Roddenberry Fellowship, and The OpEd Project, delves into how bias in predictive technologies affects adolescent racial, gender, and sociopolitical identity development. Focusing on algorithmic bias and fairness, Dr. Epps has spoken at various venues including tech giants like Google and TikTok, and for The US Courts. Her scholarship has not only appeared in academic journals and handbooks but has also reached wider audiences through publications like The Atlantic and the Emmy nominated PBS documentary "TikTok, Boom." Recently, she completed her Ph.D. at Harvard University in Education with a concentration in Human Development and will begin her tenure as Assistant Professor of Fair and Responsible Data Science at Rutgers University in Fall of 2025.

Meredith Broussard

Meredith Broussard is an associate professor at New York University. Her books include More Than a Glitch: Confronting Race, Gender, and Ability Bias in Tech, and Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. She appears in the Emmy-nominated documentary “Coded Bias” on Netflix

Virginia Eubanks

Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor. Her investigative reporting and personal essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, The Nation, Harper’s, and Wired. She is currently working on a memoir about community violence, PTSD, and caregiving. With Andrea Quijada, she is gathering oral histories of the global automated welfare state for Voice of Witness. She lives in Troy, NY.

Charles Senteio

Charles Senteio is a health informatics researcher focused on improving chronic disease outcomes for underserved populations. He is an Associate Professor at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information in the Department of Library and Information Science. His community-based research endeavors to improve outcomes for underserved patients using both existing technology (i.e., smartphones, tablets) and emerging technology (i.e., machine learning). Currently, his research is investigating how patients’ perceptions (e.g., perceived trustworthiness of providers, acculturation) influence behaviors known to impact outcomes (e.g., attendance at primary care appointments, cancer screenings, etc.).

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ALOUD on Ideas is an ongoing series that will take a thematic look at subjects that are particularly relevant to our time. This season, ALOUD presents Navigating the AI Maze: Investigating Artificial Intelligence in Our Lives: A Three-Part Series curated by Avriel Epps aimed at demystifying Artificial Intelligence, exploring its multifaceted impact on both society at large and our individual well-being.

This program will take place at the Los Angeles Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Click here for a list of public transportation options.

We recommend taking public transportation. Parking for the Central Library is available at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street. If you park at the Westlawn Garage, 524 S. Flower Street lot, there is a $8 charge if you exit after 9:00 PM ($1 with Library card validation before 9:00 PM).

Patrons can obtain validation upon presenting a valid library card at the Central Library’s Information Desk (first floor) BEFORE the program. For more information, visit the Central Library’s website.

As this program is free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at the start of each program.

You are welcome to come as a standby guest. Standby numbers are distributed one hour before the program on a first-come, first served basis. Admission is subject to availability.

All books are non-refundable. Thank you for supporting the Los Angeles Public Library.

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Book purchases will be only available for in-person pick-up at the event. Please note: We strongly encourage you to purchase your book(s) in advance of the event; we cannot guarantee quantities available for sale at the event.

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