Deep Learning + Cultural Fit = Relevance

Learning to Search More Deeply with Data+ Winston Henderson, Duke Alumni Association Board Vice President and founder of Sankofa, Inc., wants to find a solution to a problem that affects many internet users: search results that do not relate well to race, gender, or other minority traits. For example, entering a Google search on women’s hair will show a majority of women’s hairstyles for white women, while results for hairstyles for African Americans, Hispanics, or Asians will be much further down the result list. Sankofa, Inc., Mr. Henderson’s new company, works to address these cultural blind spots in technology with new tech solutions. When Winston Henderson heard about how the Information Initiative’s summer Data+ program addresses real-world problems by marshalling, analyzing, and visualizing data, he saw an opportunity to have…

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