Multiple Events

  • Tue, Dec 5, 2017
    Ethics of AI in Context
    Ethics of AI in Context: Molly Sauter, Algorithmic Ethics and Personhood

    As “big data”-based predictive algorithms and generative models become commonplace tools of advertising, design, user research, and even political polling, are these modes of constructing machine-readable models of individuals displacing humans from our world? Are we allowing the messy, unpredictable, illegible aspects of being human to be overwritten by demands we remain legible to AI and machine learning systems intended to predict our actions, model our behavior, and sell us something? In this talk, technology scholar Molly Sauter looks at how currently deployed modeling systems constitute an attack on personhood and self determination, particularly in their use in politics and elections. Sauter posits that the use of “big data” in politics strips its targets of subjectivity, turning individuals into ready-to-read “data objects,” and making it easier for those in positions of power to justify aggressive manipulation and invasive inference. They further suggest that when big data methodology is used in the public sphere, it is reasonable for these “data objects” to, in turn, use tactics like obfuscation, up to the point of actively sabotaging the efficacy of the methodology in general, to resist attempts to be read, known, and manipulated.

    Molly Sauter
    Communication Studies

    McGill University

    Eventbrite - Ethics of AI: Algorithmic Ethics and Personhood (w/ Molly Sauter)

    04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
    Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
    Rm 200, Larkin Building

  • Tue, Dec 5, 2017

    Ethics & Film: Iron Eaters

    Unfortunately, this event had to be cancelled. Another film event has been scheduled in its place: see here.

    06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
    Rm 200, Larkin Building

  • Tue, Dec 5, 2017
    Science|Ethics|Tech, Ethics & Film: Lights, Camera, Ethics!, Ethics of AI in Context, Ethics of AI Film Series
    Ethics of AI Film Series: 2001: A Space Odyssey

    06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
    Rm 200, Larkin Building