Demystifying AI as an Ethical Project: A Discussion

13 Feb 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

470 Stephens Hall

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Lucy Suchman
Professor of the Anthropology of Science and Technology at Lancaster University

This interactive discussion will explore topics related to a talk that Suchman will give on February 14th at Stanford, which develops the proposal that a central – and neglected – ethical challenge for the field of AI is demystification of the techniques and technologies that constitute it. Demystification goes beyond questions of fairness, accuracy and transparency (although those are certainly relevant), to the problem of how we might set out clearly the prerequisites for the efficacy of AI’s operations. To make more concrete what she means by demystification, Suchman’s talk at Stanford will examine the case of so-called ‘pattern of life’ analysis in the designation of persons and activities identified as posing a threat to the security of the US homeland. ‘Human-centered AI’ takes on a darker meaning in this context, as the human becomes centered in the cross hairs of a system of targeting, whether for assassination or incarceration.

Please RSVP by Monday, February 10th to sign up for lunch.


This event is sponsored by CSTMS.
Additional sponsorship comes from:  Algorithmic Fairness and Opacity working group (AFOG)

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