Artificial intelligence can discriminate on the basis of race and gender, and also age – An interesting post in the online journal, The Conversation, “an independent source of news and views, from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public”.

 This article focuses on the potential for ageist discrimination in artificial intelligence (AI) like the pulse oximeters widely utilized during the pandemic. This article offers evidence that AI can be ageist. 

“Digital ageism can arise when ageist attitudes influence technology design, or when ageism makes it more difficult for older adults to access and enjoy the full benefits of digital technologies. A recent report indicates that a “digital world” of more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is produced each day. Yet even though older adults are using technology in greater numbers — and benefiting from that use — they continue to be the age cohort least likely to have access to a computer and the internet.”

Read the article to find out more about the urgent action needed to combat digital ageism in Canada.