Replicating Patterns of Racism: The Way Artificial Intelligence Amplifies Systemic Discrimination

“Artificial intelligence” (AI) is an elaborate way of saying that someone programmed a computer to follow a set of procedures (an algorithm) and spit out a result. The language makes AI sound more sophisticated than it is.[1] To explain, planners use algorithms every day. We follow the Local Government Act, Community Charter, development procedure bylaws, and other bylaws and policies. When we write zoning bylaws and official community plans, arguably, we are writing algorithms that the…