Issues in focus
Unraveling myths about automation, algorithms, society and ourselves
Everyone talks about Artificial Intelligence (AI). But how does it change society? And how can we use it to help society? For that, we need to understand how AI works and how we can make it work for us. We need to get this right, because there is so much to get wrong. This is why we have put together this online learning space. We hope that with “Why, AI?” you learn a little more about how AI impacts the world. And how we need to change AI before it changes us...
Introduction video with Matthias C. Kettemann and Daniela Dicks
This learning space helps you to find out more about the myths and truths surrounding automation, algorithms, society and ourselves. It is continuously being filled with new contributions.
Explore the myths around AI
Algorithmic power is accumulated at the hands of data companies that re-enforce new colonial dynamics.
Recently, applications based on machine learning have made enormous progress and can now take over tasks such as translations, document search or image recognition.
Everyone can and should understand how AI works, so that—rather than be intimidated or misled by algorithmic decision-making—we can contribute multiple perspectives to designing and implementing the systems that impact...
There’s more than one myth about algorithmic visibility regimes: one posits that AI algorithms are tools used unilaterally by corporations to control what we see; the other argues that these...
We approach the de-mystification of this claim by looking at concrete examples of how AI (re)produces inequalities and connect those to several aspects which help to illustrate socio-technical entanglements.
AI won’t kill us in the form of a time-travelling humanoid robot with an Austrian accent. But: AI is used in various military applications – supporting new concepts of command…
More and more AI systems are being used as personal assistants, also in the bedroom and for sexual purposes. Sex robotics adopt AI systems for making sex robots interactive. While…
Researchers debunk these myths
AI will kill us all
João Carlos Magalhães
AI decides what you see online
AI treats everyone equally and makes predictions fairly
What you do with AI in the bedroom is your own thing
AI understands me, but I can't understand it
Miriam Fahimi & Philipp Lücking
AI will end discrimination
AI is disrupting knowledge work
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