We begin our BIDA seminar series on "Critical Voices on AI" with Dan McQuillan, Lecturer in Creative & Social Computing at Goldmiths and author of the recently published book "Resisting AI". In his work, Dan systematically explores how the essentialising nature of AI systems fuels social divisions and, in its most extreme forms, the fascist politics of our times. He calls for us to resist AI in its current form and proposes new approaches to this technology grounded in mutual care.
We encourage academics and students from all areas as well as interested laypeople to join us! The talk will be held in room B01 of the Clore Management Center.
In our third installment of our seminar series, we are joined by Sayash Kapoor, Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy. Sayash will talk about his most recent work that challenges the presumed accuracy of AI/ML systems in social settings:
“We are constantly surrounded by exciting headlines and bold claims about artificial intelligence (AI), making it difficult to critically assess the truth behind these statements. In this talk, we'll look at the reasons behind AI hype and explore practical ways to resist it. We will start with common pitfalls in journalism that lead to public confusion. Then, we’ll look at how non-reproducible research exaggerates AI claims. Finally, we will explore the strategies used by profit-driven companies to overstate AI technologies, ultimately shaping public perception.”
We encourage academics and students from all areas as well as interested laypeople to join us! The talk will be held online.