The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech - The New York Times


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"There is essentially no distinct field of academic study that takes seriously the responsibility of understanding and critiquing the role of technology"
algorithms  data  ethics 
27 days ago by jkriss
These days, big data, artificial intelligence and the tech platforms that put them to work have huge influence and power. Algorithms choose the information we see when we go online, the jobs we get, the colleges to which we’re admitted and the credit cards and insurance we are issued. via Pocket
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8 weeks ago by joostw
Algorithms are a threat to society and so far, academia is asleep at the wheel.
9 weeks ago by sshappell
“We urgently need an academic institute focused on algorithmic accountability.”
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9 weeks ago by zeldman
It’s absolutely within the abilities of academic research to study such examples and to push against the most obvious statistical, ethical or constitutional failures and dedicate serious intellectual energy to finding solutions. That means professors working in computer science and robotics departments — or law schools — often find themselves in situations in which positing any skeptical message about technology could present a professional conflict of interest. Indeed, while West Coast schools like Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, are renowned for creating factories that churn out the future engineers and data scientists of Silicon Valley, there are very few coveted permanent, tenure-track jobs in the country devoted to algorithmic accountability. First, it should provide a comprehensive ethical training for future engineers and data scientists at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with case studies taken from real-world algorithms that are choosing the winners from the losers. These should include experts in the content areas, lawyers, policymakers, ethicists, journalists and data scientists, and they should be tasked with poking holes in our current regulatory framework — and imagine a more relevant one.
9 weeks ago by sechilds
The Ivory Tower Can't Keep Ignoring Tech - New York Times by Cathy O'Neil https://t.co/RjTwNVdKTz https://t.co/W6IppzURRu
9 weeks ago by wiobyrne
-- call me jaded but this _start an elite institute_ approach to solving societal problems business has never worked. For many of us playing in the third division, it is not our will but our bureaucrat-masters a.k.a administrators that decide.
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9 weeks ago by rvenkat
We need academia to step up to fill in the gaps in our collective understanding about the new role of technology in shaping our lives. We need robust research on hiring algorithms that seem to filter out people with mental health disorders, sentencing algorithms that fail twice as often for black defendants as for white defendants, statistically flawed public teacher assessments or oppressive scheduling algorithms. And we need research to ensure that the same mistakes aren’t made again and again.
data  politics  government  law 
9 weeks ago by basus
RT : Nope, this is wrong. Academics are all over this. Industry doesn't engage/support research enough
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9 weeks ago by jtth
There is essentially no distinct field of academic study that takes seriously the responsibility of understanding and critiquing the role of technology — and specifically, the algorithms that are responsible for so many decisions — in our lives. That’s not surprising. Which academic department is going to give up a valuable tenure line to devote to this, given how much academic departments fight over resources already?

There’s one solution for the short term. We urgently need an academic institute focused on algorithmic accountability.
9 weeks ago by celine
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9 weeks ago by jasonclark
RT : Algorithms are a threat to society and so far, academia is asleep at the wheel.
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9 weeks ago by Fallingbadgers
RT : Algorithms are a threat to society and so far, academia is asleep at the wheel.
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9 weeks ago by mathewi
Algorithms are a threat to society and so far, academia is asleep at the wheel.
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9 weeks ago by douglevin
Algorithms are a threat to society and so far, academia is asleep at the wheel.
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9 weeks ago by freerange_inc
Algorithms are a threat to society and so far, academia is asleep at the wheel.
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9 weeks ago by artlung
Algorithms are a threat to society and so far, academia is asleep at the wheel.
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9 weeks ago by coty