Are Computer Programs Biased or Unbiased?

Are Computer Programs Biased or Unbiased?

Whether or not computer programs are despised or supported depends on the narrative being spewed. Which is it? Are computer programs good for generating appraisal values but when the narrative is to influence an anti-police sentiment using computer programs is too problematic?

Last week’s article titled “The Government Screwing Over an Entire Industry” strengthened my conviction how eager and anxious Fannie, Freddie, and certain Congress persons are to replace appraisers with computer programs. The idea is that computers will do it more fairly and with equal justice and allow for “generational wealth”. They contend that appraisers are trying very hard to prevent this.

On 10/12/22, PBS aired the documentary “Computers vs Crime” investigating the hidden biases, privacy risks, and design flaws of the artificial intelligence being used by police departments and courts across the country to help decide who is policed, who gets bail, how offenders should be sentenced, and who gets parole. Essentially, the narrative was that police departments and courts are using unfair practices and methods to create unequal justice and prevent equal social justice. The description of the show (essentially the description of the alleged unfair practices and methods) was:

“The hidden biases, privacy risks, and design flaws of the artificial intelligence programs relied on by police departments and the courts”.

So you see, whether or not the computer program is despised or supported depends on the narrative being spewed. Which is it? Are computer programs good for generating appraisal values but when the narrative is to influence an anti-police sentiment using computer programs is too problematic?

At any rate, the mouths that spew all this stuff know all of this. However, you can’t debate with people who already recognize the truth but don’t want to hear it because it doesn’t fit their narrative. You can’t argue with people who know the truth but are desperate to virtue signal. It’s a waste of breath. They already know that appraisers aren’t out here everyday trying to screw minorities. But that won’t work for the advancement of their narrative or the appearance of their virtue compliance.

As I said before many times, I appraise inanimate objects, I don’t appraise people. I can tell you the value of a Babe Ruth rookie baseball card based upon it’s condition, quality of the ink, etc., but if you want to know about Babe Ruth the person, go to Wikipedia.

Brian Stevens used the word “agitate” in his podcast. I believe the more accurate word is “instigate”. That’s what it’s all about, instigating and fomenting a “you versus the appraiser” adversarial dynamic.

By Bob, Certified Real Estate Appraiser
Image credit flickr - Shaun Fisher

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7 Responses

  1. Avatar Xpert says:

    Great analysis Bob. The problem is common sense is not common!

  2. Avatar Jaydee says:

    A racist crying racism against those who aren’t. Joseph Goebbels said it: Accuse the other side of that what you’re doing. Fomenting division, deception and distrust.

  3. Baggins Baggins says:

    Rapidly expanding homeless population, perceived generational shortcomings by demographic, rising medical costs, are but only a few such indicators the disbursement of wealth gained through labor efforts has been and is becoming more imbalanced as time passes. The primary problem which we wish to educate people on, is that the systemic shortcomings are not rooted in some racial bias, they’re rooted in a class bias which is perpetuated and sustained by a system which does not recognize the principals of fair distribution based on labor, rather the opportunistic harvesting regardless of the human expense or fair dealing. aka; a fair days pay for a hard days work.

    To attempt to answer the question; Yes, certainly and inevitably, any program or operational endeavor which utilizes human labor is subject to manipulation from the top down, digitally managed or otherwise will not change the end result. It is not the realty services which relay a reflection of existing market behaviors which is to blame, but rather a more fundamental problem with how we accept and propagate business labor structures themselves. As those systems are quite literally, the only avenues of legitimate wealth formation, from labor and raw materials. Everything else downstream represents a mere passing and repassing of existing wealth, split and split again. The repetitive processing allotment bleeds the well dry and the people perceive this justly so as bias distribution. As automation takes an even stronger hold, production continues to be outsourced, the potential of the economic engine which is the United States continues to be restricted by an excess sized government and over bearing regulatory set. aka the welfare warfare state. Only when people stop putting their hands out will we be able to put those hands back to the plows and honestly build the wealth of a nation again, by the people, for the people.

    • Avatar Realist says:

      Good article and comments by Baggins. However, this article and your comments are to copious for the diminutive comprehension of the increasingly knowledge depleted left wing educated public at large. And that is the way the movers and shakers want it and need it to be in order to shape the world into their demented utopian (drone) class system.

      In a very sad and sickening way, it is an interesting process to observe – especially the unbelievable manner in which America is imploding largely from within. One of the biggest issues that has been forgotten or not realized is that without adequate and wise restraints governmental power is easily and will always become corrupted and largely unaccountable; and that too much power cannot be restrained and will be evil on a massive scale.

      • Baggins Baggins says:

        Realist, you are truly speaking my language now, lol. Thanks. I even cut down a much longer comment because it’s like, how to at least get some attention to these important matters, even if just a glance. Modern society has digressed into something resembling an old roman theater. Are you not entertained?

        “No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.”
        ~ Samuel Adams

        The real cost of the State is the prosperity we do not see, the jobs that don’t exist, the technologies to which we do not have access, the businesses that do not come into existence, and the bright future that is stolen from us. The State has looted us just as surely as a robber who enters our home at night and steals all that we love.


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