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Think computers are less biased than people? Think again.

From smart trash bins to crime forecasting, artificial intelligence is creeping into our lives in ways we might not even notice.

“Whether you are a resident involved in city programming or just a tourist traveling in a city, a lot of city programs and the ways you interact with municipalities are with AI,” says Rashida Richardson, director of policy research at AI Now Institute, a interdisciplinary research center at New York University studying the social implications of artificial intelligence.

In fact, local municipalities will increase their investment in AI-driven technology to more than $81 billion globally in 2018, according to IDC’s “Worldwide Semiannual Smart Cities Spending Guide.” Municipal spending on AI-driven technology is

The data isn’t always accurateAI requires human oversight

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