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Teaching with, and about, the Internet

In a recent talk at the AoIR 2019 conference, I suggested that it would be helpful to have some kind of collaborative guidelines, similar to the AoIR ethics guidelines, around teaching in Internet Studies and related fields. (For more on my reasoning, see the bite-sized Twitter version of talk.) https://twitter.com/scroeser/status/1179580906224279552 In the period after giving … Continue reading Teaching with, and about, the Internet

AIES: AI for social good, human machine interactions, and trustworthy AI

If you want to read more about any of these, accepted papers are here. AI for Social Good On Influencing Individual Behavior for Reducing Transportation Energy Expenditure in a Large Population, Shiwali Mohan, Frances Yan, Victoria Bellotti, Ahmed Elbery, Hesham Rakha and Matthew Klenk Transportation is a huge drain on energy use: how can we … Continue reading AIES: AI for social good, human machine interactions, and trustworthy AI

AIES: Human-AI collaboration, social science approaches to AI, measurement and justice

Specifying AI Objectives as a Human-AI Collaboration Problem, Anca Dragan Dragan describes some problems with self-driving cars, like this example of a car giving up on merging when there was no gap. After adding some more aggressive driving tactics, researchers then also had to add some courtesy to moderate those. One odd outcome of this … Continue reading AIES: Human-AI collaboration, social science approaches to AI, measurement and justice

AIES Day 1: Artificial Agency, Autonomy and Lethality, Rights and Principles.

Sadly I missed the first few sessions of the Artificial Agency session because we had to wander around a bunch to find lunch. Conference organisers: I cannot emphasise enough the value of easily-available and delicious snacks. Also, I tend to be pretty dazed during afternoon talks these days because of Jetlag + Nonsense Toddler. Luckily, … Continue reading AIES Day 1: Artificial Agency, Autonomy and Lethality, Rights and Principles.

AIES : how we talk about AI, algorithmic fairness, norms and explanations

A whole lot of drones in the sky above trees

My brief notes from today's talks: for more details, check the program. Ryan Calo: How we talk about AI (and why it matters) There are several studies which demonstrate the ways in which language might shape approaches to policy. For example, one showed that people were more likely to recommend punitive measures when a threat … Continue reading AIES : how we talk about AI, algorithmic fairness, norms and explanations

ICA18 Day 4: labour in the gig economy; resistant media; feminist peer review; love, sex, and friendship; illiberal democracy in Eastern and Central Europe

Voices for Social Justice in the Gig Economy: Where Labor, Policy, Technology, and Activism Converge Voices for Social Justice in the Gig Economy, Michelle Rodino-Colocino. This research discusses the App-Based Driver Association, looking specifically at Seattle. There's no "there" for gig economy work: previous spaces of organising, such as the shop floor, aren't available. One … Continue reading ICA18 Day 4: labour in the gig economy; resistant media; feminist peer review; love, sex, and friendship; illiberal democracy in Eastern and Central Europe