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Old 10-05-2019, 05:46 PM   #1
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Geena Davis Unveils Partnership With Disney to "Spellcheck" Scripts for Gender Bias

Geena Davis at New Zealand's Power of Inclusion Summit
During a closing keynote speech at the New Zealand Power of Inclusion Summit, the actress explained how a new digital tool will prevent film and television works from perpetuating underrepresentation and stereotypes — and their pernicious real-world effects.
Geena Davis, the Oscar-winning actor and a tireless advocate for female representation onscreen, touched down Thursday in New Zealand to deliver the closing keynote speech at the country's pioneering Power of Inclusion Summit, which was held in downtown Auckland.

Central to Davis' presentation was the revelation that her Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has partnered with Walt Disney Studios to deploy a new digital tool that uses AI technology to assess film and television scripts for gender bias.

Named "GD-IQ: Spellcheck for Bias," the new tool leverages patented machine learning technology developed at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering to rapidly analyze the text of a script to determine its number of male and female characters and whether they are representative of the real population at large. The technology also can discern the numbers of characters who are people of color, LGBTQI, possess disabilities or belong to other groups typically underrepresented and failed by Hollywood storytelling.

"I'm very proud to announce we have a brand new partnership with Walt Disney Studios using Spell Check for Bias," Davis said onstage. "They are our pilot partners and we're going to collaborate with Disney over the next year using this tool to help their decision-making, identify opportunities to increase diversity and inclusion in the manuscripts that they receive. We're very excited about the possibilities with this new technology and we encourage everybody to get in touch with us and give it a try."

Along with rapidly tallying the genders and ethnicities of characters, Spellcheck for Bias can assess the number of speaking lines the various groups have, the level of sophistication of the vocabulary they use and the relative social status or positions of power assigned to the characters by group.

Davis says the goal is not to "shame and blame" screen creators, but rather to reveal the unconscious bias that commonly manifests in even the most well-meaning screenwriter's work. With the data in hand, informed adjustments can be made to scripts so that they don't perpetuate stereotypes and their pernicious real-world effects.

The Spellcheck for Bias initiative is an extension of work Davis has been doing for more than 15 years. She founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media back in 2004 after becoming a mother of a young girl and realizing how grossly underrepresented female characters were, even in children's entertainment. The organization has since commissioned scores of studies on representation gaps in entertainment, and how such distortions shape societal expectations, and the aspirations or prejudices of under- and over-represented groups.

"I've gotten to play lots of cool parts in my career, and I've had a lot of personal experience in images shaping cultural norms," said Davis, a reference to her pioneering roles in such landmark films as Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own and even the early female-fronted action flick A Long Kiss Goodnight.

The Davis Institute's mantra is "If girls see it, they can be it." The organization has commissioned numerous studies showing how screen representations influence real-world behavior of both women and men. One of the actress' favorite examples is the way the number of girls taking up competitive archery more than doubled shortly after the simultaneous release of The Hunger Games and Pixar's Brave in 2012 (Davis herself took up archery as a hobby in the late 1990s, and later nearly qualified for the U.S. Olympic Archery team.)

Davis acknowledged the slow-changing nature of gender imbalance in the real world — nowhere more so than in the film industry, where "last year just eight percent of the top 250 films were directed by women."

"Nearly every sector of our society has a huge gender disparity, particularly in leadership positions," she continued. "So how long is it going to take to correct that, to reach parity? No matter how hard we work, we can't snap our fingers and suddenly half the corporate boards are women. It's going to take a long time to make some of these changes.

"But here's my theory of change," she continued. "There's one category of gross gender inequality where the underrepresentation of women can be fixed absolutely overnight — and it's onscreen. The very next project somebody makes — the next movie, TV show — can be gender-balanced. We can make this change happen very fast. In the time it takes to create a new show or a new film, we can present a whole new vision of the future. Yes, there are woefully few female CEOs in the world, but half of them can be female onscreen immediately. How are we possibly going to get the number of women and girls interested in STEM careers that we need for science, technology, engineering and math? There can be droves of women in STEM careers now on TV and in movies, and then it will happen in real life."




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A full-on attack on the arts.
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I am sure Brie Larson is excited about this
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Good.

Maybe this will help us detect more bias/discrimination that lingers within our media/entertainment.
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Right, because that's exactly what we need. A computer program that arbitrarily decides whether a piece of work has "Too many males, too many straight people, too many white people," and furthermore makes suggestions as to how to "fix" it.

"Well, I know George Washington was white, but this story about the American Revolutionary War simply has too many white people in it, so now for this movie, he's black. And y'know, he should probably be gay, too, so gay people can watch this movie about things that happened hundreds of years ago and feel 'represented fairly' right now. Wouldn't want to upset people's delicate feelings with silly nonsense like historical facts or anything."

Because being white, straight, and/or male is now Evil, and something to be ashamed of at the least, and eradicated at worst.

It's disgusting, is what it is. And racist. And sexist. It's everything the so-called "underrepresented" people are crying about, but in reverse, so it's okay! Because f*ck straight white males, what have THEY ever contributed to society, anyway?

It's not okay. This is pretty f*cking far from okay.
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It has no place in the arts, or the creative field.

So like if I want to write a teleplay about 5 male boys who go on a camping trip together, Big Brother is going to step in and tell me that 1 of them has to be a girl and 1 of them an Indian, and one gay, etc.?

It's reprehensible. This should be fought on every level, tooth and nail. I can't fathom the rationale of the people in favor of this.
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It has no place in the arts, or the creative field.

So like if I want to write a story about 5 male boys who go on a camping trip together, 1 of them has to be a girl and 1 of them an Indian, and one gay?

It's reprehensible. This should be fought on every level, tooth and nail.
Absolute fact. This is literally the death of free thought and expression.

"You can do anything you can imagine... but you damn well better imagine X number of women and Y people of color, or your thoughts are without merit and you should be either shunned or locked up, depending on the day of the week, you monster."

Free expression need not adhere to an arbitrary checklist.
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As someone who loves to write, and tries to be diverse and not just write from his own personal bias and experience, lemme say this algorithm spellcheck nonsense is bullcrap.
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Reminds me of this bull****

http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showthread.php?t=59530
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Get this trash thread out of the entertainment section, we don't need it here.
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Get this trash thread out of the entertainment section, we don't need it here.
It is directly related to the future of Disney entertainment.
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