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Call for Applications: “Future Perfect” Conference
On June 16, 2017, Data & Society’s Speculative Fiction Reading Group will host Future Perfect, a conference exploring the use, significance, and discontents of speculative design, narrative, and world-building in technology, policy, and culture.
“If the [Human Rights Data Analysis Group] model works as well as they hope, it will be a powerful application of an emerging technology that provides answers to one of the most difficult aspects of the desaparecidos problem: knowing where to look.”—Mimi Onuoha
“Replicating our analysis [of judicial decisions] in 22 varied domains, we found that this phenomenon holds: Simple, transparent decision rules often perform on par with complex, opaque machine learning methods.”—Jongbin Jung, Connor Concannon, Ravi Shroff, Sharad Goel, Daniel G. Goldstein
“One big question animated the conversation: What, practically, can Tech do to protect vulnerable communities?” —Catherine Bracy
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“But if tech start-ups continue to broaden their ambitions and challenge new industries — if, as the venture-capital firm Andreessen-Horowitz likes to say, ‘software is eating the world’ — then the logic of the stack can’t be trailing far behind, ready to remake more and more of our economy and our culture in its image.” —John Herrman
“The language of software or tools, on the other hand, is perhaps a better descriptor of the technology itself but Silicon Valley has made it into a politically neutral term; a term that emphasizes the autonomy and creativity of individuals while downplaying the powerful capitalist logics underneath.” —Shreeharsh Kelkar