Democratisation of Usable Machine Learning in Computer Vision

RR Bond, Ansgar Koene, Alan Dix, Jennifer Boger, Maurice Mulvenna, MG Galushka, Bethany Waterhouse-Bradley, Browne Fiona, H. Wang, Alexander Wong

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Many industries are now investing heavily in data science and automation to replace manual tasks and/or to help with decision making, especially in the realm of leveraging computer vision to automate many monitoring, inspection, and surveillance tasks. This has resulted in the emergence of the 'data scientist' who is conversant in statistical thinking, machine learning (ML), computer vision, and computer programming. However, as ML becomes more accessible to the general public and more aspects of ML become automated, applications leveraging computer vision are increasingly being created by non-experts with less opportunity for regulatory oversight. This points to the overall need for more educated responsibility for these lay-users of usable ML tools in order to mitigate potentially unethical ramifications. In this paper, we undertake a SWOT analysis to study the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of building usable ML tools for mass adoption for important areas leveraging ML such as computer vision. The paper proposes a set of data science literacy criteria for educating and supporting lay-users in the responsible development and deployment of ML applications.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2019
EventWorkshop on Fairness Accountability Transparency and Ethics
in Computer Vision at CVPR 2019
- Hyatt Regency Hotel, 200 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, Long Beach, United States
Duration: 17 Jun 201917 Jun 2019


ConferenceWorkshop on Fairness Accountability Transparency and Ethics
in Computer Vision at CVPR 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLong Beach
Internet address


  • machine learning
  • democratisation
  • AI
  • computer vision
  • AI literacy


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