Climate change has been a background theme in most of my research and thinking, but it felt like one issue among many: part of these interconnected global struggles to resist authoritarianism, to push back against corporate power, to build solidarity with each other. About three years ago I went on parental leave. My research, which … Continue reading When the house is on fire, but also needs a tidy
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
Over the last few years, I've been working on a project with Tim Highfield that explores the connections and disjunctions of activism that crosses online and offline spaces, Mapping Movements. We had a book contract to bring the research together and write up some material that hasn't made it into other publications, but we've decided … Continue reading Wrapping up Mapping Movements
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
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
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.
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