In the “gig economy,” where algorithms drive matches between workers and customers, hiring someone should be bias free, right? Not so, according to new research led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson. The findings suggest racial and gender biases exhibited by two prominent online freelance marketplaces, TaskRabbit and Fiverr.
A team led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson shows that Amazon is much more likely to point buyers to sellers who use an automated practice called algorithmic pricing, even though those sellers’ prices may be higher than others’.
Ennio Mingolla, new chair of the Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, explores the way our brains process visual stimulation for the purpose of developing “sighted” robots and other applications.