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‘Fair’ AI could help redress bias against Black US homebuyers

Pioneering reparations programs meant to address decades of US housing discrimination against Black homebuyers could get a boost from AI decision making

Technology


4 July 2022

In the Boston area, the estimated median net worth of white households was $247,500 compared with $8 for Black ones in 2015

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An artificial intelligence could guide reparations programs created to redress decades of US housing discrimination against Black homebuyers. By examining the first US housing reparations programme, researchers have shown that algorithms can suggest how large the monetary support provided by such programs for an area needs to be in order to improve Black people’s chances of getting a favorable loan to buy a home.

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