Begins: January 23, 2020
Ends: April 23, 2020
The Grapple Series: Exploring the Intersections of Artificial Intelligence & Humanity
Should we treat robots more like humans or humans more like robots?
We invite you to join educators from The Western Pennsylvania Writing Project & The CMU CREATE Lab in exploring the impact and implications of artificial intelligence and new technologies for education and for the communities we serve. We’d like to “play” with the ideas, read, write, view, and discuss in a supportive community where we can bring and follow our questions.
We don’t know what may result from our inquiry, but we hope to explore new perspectives on how the technologies we create impact the broader ecosystem.
When: Thursdays from 7pm-8pm EST (4-5pm PST): Jan. 23, Feb.20, March 26, April 23
Where: Online via Zoom
How: Register now to be part of the live events; archived webinars will also be shared. Follow #NWPgrapples to share via socials.
Who: Learn more about the AI and Humanity Study Group.
Contact: For more information, please email Laura Roop, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Session 1 – Summary & Zoom recording: January 23, 2020—AI…What?!
- What is Artificial Intelligence? In 5 minutes.
- The Machines Are Learning, and So Are the Students
- Ed-Tech Agitprop
Session 2 – Summary & Zoom recording: February 20, 2020—Algorithms & Justice
“We can’t talk about AI or machine learning without talking about algorithms. This is because algorithms are the basic building blocks of AI. In fact, algorithms are the building blocks of computer programs in general. But even more than that, they’re the building blocks of how many of us live our lives.
When you get ready in the morning, what do you do? Maybe you have a set routine: you might wake up, take a shower, brush your teeth, then eat breakfast. These are the steps you take so that you can be ready for the day ahead of you.
This is what an algorithm is: a series of steps that allow you to perform a particular task.” – A People’s Guide to AI
- Algorithms of Oppression: Safiya Umoja Noble (3:43)
- The era of blind faith in big data must end (13:03)
- A Gentle Introduction to the Discussion on Algorithmic Fairness (~10 minute read)
- The Three Civil Rights–Era Leaders Who Warned of Computers and Racism (~10 minute read)
- What if We’re All Coming Back? (~5 minute read)
- Two new movies could disturb you into deleting all your apps (~5 minute read)
- The impact of gender and race bias in AI (~10 minute read)
Additional resources (Too delicious not to share):
- The Marshall Project — Algorithms: A Curated Collection of Links
- A People’s Guide to AI
- Opening Data Zine #1 (Allied Media Project)
- Opening Data Zine #2 (Allied Media Project)
- How I’m Fighting Bias in Algorithms (video)
- Digital Defense Playbook
- Two Robots Debate the Future of Humanity (video)
Session 3: March 26, 2020—The Economics of AI
- Before Clearview Became a Police Tool, It Was a Secret Plaything of the Rich – The New York Times
- Facial Recognition Moves Into a New Front: Schools
- Education Technology and The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
- An Online Preschool Closes a Gap but Exposes Another
- Silicon Valley Is Turning Into Its Own Worst Fear
- Something to Browse: A Website Focused on Data Privacy and Marketing (Thanks, Kevin!)
- Kevin’s Meandering Mind: Grappling with Algorithms and Justice (Oh, the Humanity)
- Alison McDowell’s blog: https://wrenchinthegears.com/ A Skeptical Parent’s Thoughts on Digital Curriculum
Session 4: April 23, 2020—Humanity
- How Much of the Internet Is Fake?
- Dinner with Frankenstein
- N.K. Jemisin’s Valedictorian
- Arundhati Roy: ‘The pandemic is a portal’
Additional Resources – too delicious to pass up:
- Louis Chude-Sokei Interview (AI & Humanity Archive)
- A debate between AI experts shows a battle over the technology’s future from MIT Tech Review