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

ICA18, Day 3: activism, subalterns, more activism, post/colonial imaginations, and cultural symbols

Activism and Social Media Mamfakinch: From Protest Slogan to Mediated Activism. Annemarie Iddins, Fairfield University. [CN: rape.] Iddens argues that the digital must be understood as part of a network of different media - the Mamfakinch collective only makes sense as a response to the limitations of the Moroccan media (which combines strong state influence … Continue reading ICA18, Day 3: activism, subalterns, more activism, post/colonial imaginations, and cultural symbols

ICA18 Day 2: narrating voice, digital media and the body, feminist theorisation beyond western cultures, collective memory, and voices of freedom and constraint

Narrating Voice and Building Self on Digital and Social Media 'This is Lebanon’: Narrating Migrant Labor to Resistive Public. Rayya El Zein, University of Pennsylvania. This research looks at the calling into being of an ideal political subject through social media. 'This is Lebanon' is a platform run by a Nepalese immigrant, Dipendra Upetry, where … Continue reading ICA18 Day 2: narrating voice, digital media and the body, feminist theorisation beyond western cultures, collective memory, and voices of freedom and constraint

ICA Day 1: Kurdish transnational media, racism online, digital labour, and public scholarship

My rough and very incomplete notes from the first day of ICA. There were a bunch of interesting points that I haven't noted because I was distracted or tired or too busy listening, and great papers that I sadly missed. I mostly use these notes to follow up on work later, but if they're useful … Continue reading ICA Day 1: Kurdish transnational media, racism online, digital labour, and public scholarship