Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on AI for People: Towards Sustainable AI, CAIP 2021, 20-24 November 2021, Bologna, Italy

Research Article

Ageism in AI: new forms of age discrimination in the era of algorithms and artificial intelligence

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.20-11-2021.2314200,
        author={Justyna  Stypinska},
        title={Ageism in AI: new forms of age discrimination in the era of algorithms and artificial intelligence},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on AI for People: Towards Sustainable AI, CAIP 2021, 20-24 November 2021, Bologna, Italy},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={CAIP},
        year={2021},
        month={12},
        keywords={ageism population ageing artificial intelligence digital inequalities age discrimination},
        doi={10.4108/eai.20-11-2021.2314200}
    }
    
  • Justyna Stypinska
    Year: 2021
    Ageism in AI: new forms of age discrimination in the era of algorithms and artificial intelligence
    CAIP
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.20-11-2021.2314200
Justyna Stypinska1,*
  • 1: Free University Berlin, Germany
*Contact email: justyna.stypinska@fu-berlin.de

Abstract

Scholars in fairness and ethics in AI have successfully and critically identified discriminatory outcomes pertaining to the social categories of gender and race. The salient scrutiny of fairness, important for the debate of AI for social good, has nonetheless paid insufficient attention to the critical category of age. The aging population has been largely neglected during the turn to digitality and AI. Ageism in AI can be manifested in five interconnected forms: (1) age biases in algorithms and datasets, (2) age stereotypes, prejudices and ideologies of actors in AI, (3) invisibility of old age in discourses on AI, (4) discriminatory effects of use of AI technology on different age groups, (5) exclusion as users of AI technology, services and products. Furthermore, the paper provides illustrations of these forms of ageism in AI.