Oct 6th 2016 by NickWoodman • 22 Questions • 564 Points
I work at the Kirwan Institute for the study of Race and Ethnicity as a Research associate. I am one of the authors of our annual publication, The State of the Science Implicit Bias Review
Edit 1: I love you reddit! Well this is the most internet famous I've ever been and I'll ever be, Thank you all for making this happen; bet your bottom dollar this is going on my resume and my linked in! This also justifies my constant reddit-ing on my other account.. I have prepared for this day!
Edit 2: Hitting a bit of a lull so I should probably use this time to eat, drink, and be a human again. I'll be checking periodically throughout the next few hours--my hope is to get to every question. You guys have been great and asking some really challenging and insightful questions!
Here's a link to our main website at Kirwan where other great people do much better work than me http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/
What evidence is there for the external validity of tests like the IAT? Are we certain we're studying biases rather than familiarity for example?
Additionally, as someone pursuing a career in science, how can I make sure I view others based on the merits of their work, rather than letting my unconscious bias take over?
Daily life is taking more than you're giving yourself; whether work, personal situations, etc. It's crucial to find something that fulfills -whether reading, gaming, creating, volunteering, working out, etc. The more you do for you, while still making sure to be considerate of the people around you, the easier it is to combat and keep depression at bay.
(Disclaimer: we are not medical professionals and the above advice is to be taken with a grain of salt. If you're truly going through a hard time: friends, family, and professional assistance can help).
Hi! As a nerd I appreciate your question on external validity. Instead of re-inventing the wheel I'll direct you to project implicit's IAT FAQs https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/demo/background/faqs.html But I will say that this test is highly controversial, so it has gone through the validity ringer more so than many other reputable psychological measures ( I have also linked other comments to our state of the science reports, a few of them have entire sections dedicated to the IAT/measurement for future reading)
As for your second point, this is a lifelong journey that we all must approach with a ton of humility and patience. But getting out of your comfort zone and interacting with folks that come from different background and being more mindful of your decisions is a great place to start!
How do you decide when to stop adding new features and release a new camera?
Very interesting. I never really thought about the purchasing of such small amounts of drugs. Thanks for the reply.
Really good question. Our approach is to envision a "total solution" rather than think about each new GoPro as a "product". Products are standalone things. We want to build solutions that help solve problems for people. So, when deciding which features to included in a new GoPro, Karma, or any new software we think about the total solution and experience we're creating for our customers and not as much about the individual product itself. Hope this makes sense.
In prison, anything works. Weed you'd brush off your table on the streets, when you haven't smoked in weeks/months/years, it has a major effect. Just have to worry about the drug tests. But yeah, stuff like suboxone, guys could make a strip of suboxone last a month if they had to.
Do you plan to continue the GoPro Awards? I was lucky enough to win one and it made my year ( I also made a video about winning it ).
Related, how does one become a filmmaker for GoPro?
How do they decide to drug test an inmate? Randomized or routine for all? What happens if you fail a drug test--and do the consequences vary depending on the drug (ie failing for heroin vs weed)?
Thanks, and good luck/best wishes with your life going forwards.
GoPro Awards is at the heart of why we started GoPro: to celebrate awesome experiences shared by awesome humans. We're all about helping people capture and share their passions because we know this motivates others to go out and live a bigger, more fulfilling life. GoPro Awards is our way of supporting and promoting all of you who contribute to this positive movement that is GoPro. So yes, we're going to keep it going! And congrats on your win! Please share a link to you winning shot!
They have two versions, "suspect", which is usually somebody told on them, or random. If you fail a drug test, you go on a hot list and get a random test once a month. If you fail a test for one thing it is just as bad as another and the same as a refusal. The disciplinary system is called a "shot", the most severe shot, 100 is killing another inmate. 203 is fighting. 300 series are for like, you were not were you were supposed to be and such. 100 series is very serious, and drug test failure/refusal, it doesn't matter if it is for heroin or weed or anything, even a medication not prescribed to you, it is a 110 I believe or a 113, one is a possession the other is failure of drug test. That gets you a lot of security points and stays with you for up to 10 years in the federal prison system. If you are in a camp, you'll go to a low, low to an FCI and from an FCI, most likely to a USP, those are the security levels.
So, to answer you question, like I said, the drug doesn't matter. If somebody says you are abusing a seizure medication like say, tegretol, which people get high on, they test your urine and if they find it, you get in the same trouble as if you had heroin in your system (unless it is a medication you are prescribed, then it is just a misuse of medication charge, with is a 300-series incident report, which has very minor consequences).
100 series incident report you can also lose good times, you're going to lose on average 48 days or more that you'll have to spend in prison and you'll also likely lose some privileges for 6 months, like your commissary or your phone or your email, or visitations.
Also, if you fail for multiple drugs, it is still the same thing, dirty urinalysis result, so that is why, a lot of guys doing drugs in prison, they are taking whatever and whenever, because the consequence is the same if you fail for weed, or fail for weed, heroin and cocaine (which you can't really find in prison, but just for example) at the same time.
Yo Nick, I just want to say I love your cameras they are idiot proof. I have taken thousands of photos during backpacking trips thanks to you. Cheers brother.
Oh wow, and did you have anyone to talk to while you were there, inside or outside of the prison? I can't imagine having an experience like that and having to keep my thoughts to myself
I found a study online where you were supposed to press right for good or bad things, then press right for homosexual or heterosexual things. I guess it was trying to see if you implicitly wanted to say one sexuality or another was good or bad.
Are you familiar with the study? I think it came from Harvard. What do you think about that as a methodology?
Yeah we have an email system called trulincs to keep in contact with family and I used phone a lot and made a lot of prison friends.
The answer is as easy as the inquiry ;)
Truthfully, we had a few friends over and were playing a few card games. A bottle of scotch, some laughs, some dialogue, and the idea came.
The replies we usually get it "What a simple concept" -because it is.
Now, this isn't to discredit the work which followed. Having ideas is the easy part. Putting them into motion, all the way through the end is the part which we're proud of. From Trademarking, Registering businesses in the proper states, Legalities, Contracts with freelancers, Site / Marketing concepts, finding the right models and honing in on a specific tone (vintage/grindhouse, etc) all took months; even after our first release, there was much work to do -improving, editing, amending, and trying our best to grow.
Concept was quasi-easy / Road to completion is continuing process.
Instead of re-inventing the wheel I'll direct you to project implicit's IAT FAQs https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/demo/background/faqs.html But I will say that this test is highly controversial, so it has gone through the validity ringer more so than many other reputable psychological measures ( I have also linked other comments to our state of the science reports, a few of them have entire sections dedicated to the IAT/measurement for future reading)
Sorry to just copy and paste to another response but I believe this is the test you are referring to. I think it's one of the best tools for assessing implicit associations/evaluations. That being said, no tool is perfect and it's not the only options out there. In my personal opinion, I often recommend using the IAT. Thanks!
Mr Woodman, big fan of the cameras! Thanks for doing this. How do you see the Karma line evolving from here?
How does it feel to be out?
Thanks Stoicka! Call me Nick! Mr. Woodman makes me feel old. I'm only 41 (and still 18 in my mind)! Karma is off to an exciting start and as you can imagine there's a lot of opportunity to evolve, enhance, and extend it as a platform for capturing insanely smooth footage be it in the air, in your hand, or mounted. Some of these enhancements will come as firmware updates to the current Karma and some will come down the road in new versions. I can't share more, but know this...Karma has only just begun!
Advice on how to deal with this on-again-off-again-mostly-mist bullshit storm we are stuck with for the next couple days? The storm is ruining one of the last fun outdoor weekends of the year.
How do you think implicit bias affects education? I'm doing a big paper about this, and it'd be interesting to hear your perspective on it.
What are you into? We just read about a rave that's taking place in Brooklyn tonight - called "Tomb Raver".
On the lighter side, a movie-night is always good. Or maybe shack up at your favorite bar.
Let us know what you dig, and we'll see if there's anything floating around we can grab and relay to you ;)
It affects it a lot!! This is actually my area of interest and the last couple years of our State of the Science have some really interesting studies related to implicit bias in education. http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/implicit-bias-2016.pdf starts on page 34 for the 2016 version. the Okonofua and Eberhardt piece is my favorite. We also have work specifically dedicated to school discipline on our website (although not solely IB we do use that as a lens for understanding what the data analyses reveal : http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/researchandstrategicinitiatives/school-discipline/ Hope you find something you can use and good luck on your paper!
Was it a difficult decision to take "Be a Hero" out of the new logo? What is the biggest factor in making that change?
A bologna sandwich every other day? Like is that all? Cus if that was literally all you got... I'm pretty sure that's not legal... Is it?
Be a HERO is still part of our brand, marketing and daily mantra at GoPro. We wanted to soften our voice a bit and leave "GoPro" more open to interpretation and we felt that "GoPro" is strong enough of a message alone. I think the updated logo is fresh...clean. I hope you all dig it, too! And importantly, it looks sick on the side of a race car or spacesuit :-) But never, ever stop Being a HERO.
Haha, what is legal and what they do are two different things. It'd come with chips though and uhh, I think a piece of fruit, that is it. They say it is for security reasons they do that, but I think they are just cheap bastards. While the feds are flying you or driving you anywhere, you eat poorly. In the Atlanta holdover facility, it is pretty bad conditions there for food. There are a few other places too where it is the transfer meals, which is, an apple, four slices of bread, a slice of cheese, a slice of "meat", and a little "bag" of water, or sometimes just a small packet of aspartame with some flavoring (grape drink mix, etc.)
Hey Nick, went to jr high (remember Lenny?) and high school with you. Glad to see you've done so well. Question - how did you manage to get on the home shopping network all those years ago?
Wasn't treatment like this illegalized due to a class action by some prisoners at one point?
Lenny our headmaster, yes! Who is this?
QVC it was. I saw they had an audition for an INVENTOR SEARCH so I bought a plane ticket, flew to PA and stood in line to audition. I made it on the show! Another example of blind optimism paying off.
Maybe in a state somewhere, but federal prisons have their own thing they do.
What are some small steps that people can take to minimize the negative effects of implicit bias in hiring?
No problem, it has been really fun, just difficult to keep up with all the comments, I keep feeling like I miss some :x
...funny you ask lol
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We actually made a Spanish version; didn't pick up as much traction as the English one. Either way, we plan on expanding into additional languages.
Great! feel free to PM me in the future to let me know how it goes!
I love you guys \m/
They also have "hands laid, debts paid", which is where, if somebody owes you money and you fight them, the debt is considered null and void.
That has got to be the single most destructive unwritten law I've ever heard in any scenario.
So you said you wanted to kill some time. Why didn't you just play your own game?
Hey guys! Great work on the game! I was wondering as to what you guys do in your free time? And what other games do you guys play?
Do you / have you written any published material based on your life experiences?
Why is it that myself and people like myself seem to be immune from having an implicit bias but everyone else out there is somehow universally affected by this?
Not yet, but I've thought about it. I know it would take a lot of work and editing and I'm glad now there is such an easy way to publish stuff with createspace and all that, so I know if I ever do it it would be easy to get it out there.
Hello and thanks for sharing!! We'll I'd challenge you to explore some identities/situations where you may have biases, you never know what you might find... Even if it's not toward some of the identities that folks are more commonly biased toward, who knows? Perhaps you have experience with a wide range of people groups, less exposure to the media? Trust me, I'd love to hear your secret!!
Would you mind expanding on why the aryan and white gangs are the worst?
Meh, they cause a lot of violence and usually seemed to be the ones getting all the drugs in. They really take advantage of the guys trying to join their gangs (the ones I seen, anyways). So I mean, when I say they are the worst, I mean as far as fighting, stabbing and stuff like that, if we get locked down everybody would go "God damn white boys at it again", I mean, that is 90% of the time a good guess for why we were getting locked down.
I don't quite understand the crime committed here. Were you importing a chemical you did not know was illegal? Or knew the implications of such an order considering you had a website for it.
It was not Schedule I until ten days after I was indicted, and the CSAEA for analogues used to be read in the conjunctive for the three prongs, like sold for human consumption AND has effect of Schedule I AND has structure of Schedule I (or II). Then they changed it and started reading it in the disjunctive, so they used OR instead of AND. A guy went to the Supreme Court over it last year, McFadden, and argued the mens rea of such a statute, but he really didn't even get relief because they just remanded for a lower court and slammed him on his other counts on his indictment. The thing is, the feds can indict a ham sandwich for conspiracy to have cheese and they'll win in court every time, there is no fighting them or beating them. So yeah I got fucked over, because I was under the assumption it was legal as long as it wasn't for human consumption and I had a pretty hefty disclaimer customers had to agree to that included indemnification, but it didn't help me out in court at all.
Well, my best prison friend, lol. When you live around somebody essentially 24/7, I'm sure you can see how that leads to heated arguments and fights over dumb shit, it is the same on the streets if you hang around a best friend too much.
What is the process for getting out? Do they assist you with housing, job, etc? If you don't have money/friends/family..what do you do the first day you are out?
shit, they gave me my money on a chase card and paid for me to take a Grey hound back to my city and i'm on my own from there, they try and help you locate a career and stuff through the probation officer, but that is about it. You get housing and stuff if you molest children, which I personally think is fucked up. The first day I was out I rode a grey hound bus that broke down on the side of the road so they ordered us all pizza, lol
So, how much time did you actually serve? Why no camp status? Under 10 years and no violence usually means a camp. Why were you moved around so much? That is usually reserved as a punishment. Did you not qualify for the drug program reduction? How did they catch you, like their methods, or the usual "The ex girlfriend ratted or ex-friend got caught holding and ratted". Sorry if these questions are repeats.
Yeah how they caught me is kind of long and I answered it elsewhere, but I had a few criminal history points for probation violation in the state and misdemeanor marijuana possession and then some other stuff, which caused my custody score to go up. When I got to an FCI I also had a detainer from a state saying I had open/unresolved charges, so that added 7 to my points until I got it taken care of. Yeah, 2 of my moves were disciplinary transfer, one was custody level decrease and then the last was a type of adjustment transfer after I was under investigation and they couldn't find anything to give me an incident report for.
What is your favorite dinosaur?
Also, have you ever had your shit pushed in esse?
I dunno how to respond to this, lol, but T-Rex, and no.