Live-tweeting of Genevieve Bell’s keynote at Web Directions Summit 2017

9:19 AM Strap yourselves in, I’m live-tweeting and it could get wild

9:22 AM Where is technology, public policy, and humanity heading? The intersection and trajectory is interested in

9:29 AM  talking about ethnographic interviewing leading up to AI-human research; descriptive questioning, understanding conceptual and mental models

9:31 AM What might we have called AI if we were naming it in 2017 instead of 1956? What does “artificial intelligence” mean to us, then and now? Fake? Constructed? Unnatural?

9:35 AM AI was spawned by a group of mathematicians and logicians as an attempt to mirror human behaviour, with input from BF Skinner who had a great mechanistic model of humans based on operant conditioning (machine learning?)

9:40 AM Politics, fear of socialism etc all played a part in the inception, shaping and curtailing of early conversations about AI, cybernetics, and intelligent machinery in the 50’s onwards

9:43 AM Asimov’s Three Laws won’t save us from the machines. It’s a nice idea, but we’ll never have such laws hard-coded into all CPUs

9:46 AM Algorithms are trained on data … a biased, incomplete set of data … information about stuff that has happened, not things that will or might happen

9:51 AM Talking about marked and unmarked categories in feminist theory, and relevance to AI, constrast (what AI is and what it is not) and marking … belonging, nationality, heritage, selfhood etc

9:53 AM Why are only Watson, DeepMind etc the few considered “true” artificial intelligences? Why are “lesser” machine-learning algorithms considered not intelligent? Does that mean only true AI are worth ethical analysis?

9:58 AM How have people, societies, economies, governments responded to “waves” of industrialisation over the past 250 years? What did steam engines really do for and to us? Mass production? Automation?

10:07 AM We created engineering schools in response to industrialisation, business schools in response to capitalism, computer science curriculum in response to computers … so might that imply that we need something other than CS to see us through the coming AI revolution?

10:08 AM I don’t know why I used “AI revolution” there but I did, what does that mean and imply? Is that how you see it? What will be different about our world in 30 years?

10:10 AM Why would we be okay with autonomous technology if we don’t even permit autonomy within our societies? Are you an autonomous employee? Consider “robot” is derived from Czech word meaning “serf” or “slave”

10:11 AM We in the room at work with algorithms and AI, we are feeding these things data, building apps that feed them other people’s data … so we’re all involved (and complicit if things go pear shaped)

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