The Record: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Don't bother trying to get that afternoon slump-curing coffee. Starbucks stores across the nation are closed for racial bias training. But can we train our way out of our biases? We asked Tony Greenwald, a University of Washington psychology professor and one of the creators of the Implicit Association Test.
Can we sidestep bias in humans with the help of artificial intelligence? Not quite, says Lianna Brinded, Europe news editor for Quartz. The Department of Homeland Security has recently signed a large contract with a British company to offer facial biometrics services at immigration checkpoints. This is potentially promising, says Brinded - but it's only as good as the humans who programmed it.
Last week the city released the finalist for Seattle police chief, and one name was conspicuously not on the list: Carmen Best, 26 year veteran of the force and current interim chief. KUOW's Amy Radil explains why people are upset, and why the city may have acted as it did.
And the Mariners, despite a dwindling roster, are somehow continuing a winning streak. Should fans take heart, or is the patient simply rallying prior to death? Kevin Schofield of Seattle City Council Insight and Britt Thorson at Seattle Refined have thoughts about this, as well as the search for police chief and last week's much-discussed New York Times interview with the cast of "Arrested Development."