My Takeaways from the Panel Discussion "A Playlist for Our Future? Human Advantage in an Age of Technology" @ Columbia University
The discussion was hosted by Columbia University's Center for Science and Society – an organization dedicated to "exploring the intersection of science and society through innovative interdisciplinary methods." I've been to several of their events in the past and have always had a great time.
I was drawn to this particular event because of its description: "This panel will address artificial intelligence and which lessons from the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences are needed." A narrative about affecting progress, cool!
The panel consisted of:
A concern shared by all panelists was that of access, specifically, the designing of systems and policies which promotes inclusiveness. Given that algorithms are biased by their designers and their training data (as is the infamous case of gender bias in Apple-GS Credit Card), the question of how might we prepare for an increased presence of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) becomes pertinent.
Some of the interesting solutions discussed:
One additional point:
All panelists all agreed that the age of machine learning is here and that the age of Artificial Intelligence is almost here. (As soon as computation allows for it.) That said, we can shape our a future to be inclusive and enabling in ways no society has experienced before.
This event was jam packed with mind blowing content (such as the term NCLF non-carbon life form) and attended by a highly engaged audience (the Q/A session was brilliant). I'd encourage you to participate in CSS's future events.