Data for Good

Data for Good (or Scary AI and Other Dangers of Big Data)

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
United States

In our data-rich world, we in the technology community have a responsibility to ensure that we use data for good. In this talk, under the acronym FATES, I will focus on these aspects of the responsible use of data: fairness, accountability, transparency, ethics, safety and security. I will give examples of how data-hungry AI-based systems can lead to harmful decisions and even fatal errors. But I will also give examples of new techniques we can use to reduce some of these bad effects.

Data for Good: Renee DiResta & Chris Wiggins

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
United States

Data-empowered algorithms filter and amplify our choices and are thereby increasingly shaping our professional, political, and personal realities. The common algorithms for filtering news, messages, people, job opportunities, products, and entertainment are called recommendation algorithms. Deriving and deploying such an algorithm as a digital product involves innumerable subjective design choices, including thought about what, quantitatively, defines the best recommendation.


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