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I’m trying to remember when I first heard the phrase ‘the ethics of algorithms’ (TEoA) and why it bothers me. It sounded like something from a branding exercise triumph.TEoA has dogged me; it has been the intellectual equivalent of an adorable little puppy that snaps at your ankles in encouragement to play, and then opens […]
On Friday, October 30th, I presented my new doctoral work to a small group of scholars and engaged political people who came together for an evening event around CIHR’s Fellows’ Day. This post is a summary of some of the ideas discussed there. * Every time someone says “but what about the ethics of…” they’re […]
There is a conference on ‘intelligent assistants’ that will take place in New York in October. Here are some others: “almost human-like” “Hi, I’m Nina, your virtual assistant. Please ask me your questions about our product, Nuance” “Amy” “Smarter than Siri” Of course all personal assistants are women, always eager to help you.
“a group of more than one hundred Silicon Valley luminaries, led by Tesla’s Elon Musk, and scientists, including the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, issued a call to conscience for those working on automation’s holy grail, artificial intelligence, lest they, in Musk’s words, “summon the demon.” I know it’s only a figure of speech, but […]
In the past month I’ve read two reviews of Nicholas Carr’s The Glass Cage, which is, loosely, about how automation is de-skilling and de-humanising us.The first is a review by Evgeny Morozov an unusual piece of writing, mostly for the reflective tone he takes. Morozov’s review is actually about the place of technology criticism and […]
So it has happened: I’m registering for a PhD. I’ve bitten off the big data beast and decided to focus on ethics and big data. I’m going to turn this blog into a place to start documenting some of my writing along the way. I haven’t formally registered for the degree yet and when I do, I’m […]
A dwarf called Warren runs the Internet of Things facility and I am in love with him. You can never really rationally explain why you love someone, you just do. Warren is in trouble with his refrigerator. The refrigerator started messaging HOMELYNX about how the cucumber supply was going down faster than usual. For one […]