What you’re implying here is that Medium robots recommend mostly male writers because male writers are “best”. Robots tend to use numbers to understand what’s best, they’re not curating articles based on some mysterious, subjective quality criteria. They’re weighting things based on how humans have coded them and humans are subject to bias that’s often unintentional.

It’s good to question the underlying biases that governs the algorithms that make our robots think so that we don’t continue to build on systems that assume that the only reason men get recommended more than women is because they’re “best”.

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