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Someone made an AI that predicted gender from email addresses, usernames. It went about as well as expected

Doctor Syntax Silver badge

"this binary classification could be harmful if it was used for, say, selecting targeted advertising to show to people online."

Harmful to whom? Presumably the advertiser. In that case it's unlikely to do a worse job than the usual bazaar (or bizarre) technique of showing stuff on the basis of "your previous searches" or "your previous purchases".

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