Updates | 06.28.17

6.28: machine learning; comfort clicks; embodied futures

June 28, 2017
updates and ideas from the D&S community and beyond

New Listen episodes: Suchana Seth on different definitions of fairness in the context of machine learning, as well as talks from Ravi Shroff and Anne Washington.

Around the Institute

The Ezra Klein Show: danah boyd on why fake news is so easy to believe

“Our ideal selves want us to be reading long form, thinking deeply, really engaging with the politics of the day…That is where we have a tricky dynamic as we think about the algorithmic systems around us, because if the goal is to produce content that will result in clicks or likes or forwards…It is not going to be the in-depth, thoughtful pieces that we necessarily forward on. And that’s where have a big challenge as a society: We go to comfort fast.” — danah boyd

Future Perfect: On the uses, abuses, and paradoxes of speculative futures

Zines, games, space colonies: Immerse yourself in first-person reportage from Future Perfect, Data & Society’s experimental onsite gathering of creators and practitioners whose work broadly addresses themes of speculative fiction, embodied futures, and world-building.

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Around the Around

AI and the Law: Setting the Stage

“Given the breadth and scope of application, AI-based technologies are expected to trigger a myriad of legal and regulatory issues not only at the intersections of data and algorithms, but also of infrastructures and humans.” — Urs Gasser

Facebook’s Crisis Mapper And Using Data To Solve Humanitarian And Wildlife Crises

“This, of course, raises fascinating questions about what other future initiatives Facebook could launch with its ‘god view’ of nearly a quarter of the population of Earth and who else it could grant access to – governments in particular would likely find such data of immense interest, especially with finer geographic resolution than Facebook is providing through its current initiative.” — Kalev Leetaru


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