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Watch Dr Steve McKinlay speak at the UCOL | Te Pūkenga Public Lecture Series

By UCOL on Wednesday, 01 November 2017

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In October 2017 at the UCOL | Te Pūkenga Public Lecture Series, Dr Steve McKinlay shared research insights on "AI and Algorithmic Culture: Implications for Freedom and Democracy".

Advances in artificial intelligence mean human decision making is progressively being delegated to artificially intelligent software.  For example, decisions such as whether or not you should be employed, if you qualify for a loan, what search results you receive, or your likelihood of recovering from a medical procedure are all affected by advances in artificial intelligence.

"Algorithms are increasingly deciding who the winners and losers are"

Daily perceptions, understanding and interactions with our environment and each other are increasingly mediated by algorithms. This emerging 'algorithmic culture', whilst not as dramatic as the threat of self-aware, super intelligent agents assuming control over our lives, is almost as concerning. 

To what extent should we trust such systems?  While the media tends to focus upon privacy issues regarding the use of such software, Dr Steve McKinlay argues that the ethical implications are far more concerning and drive right at the heart of freedom and democracy. Watch the video of the event to find out more.