There are many fields that study/critique tech: Science & Technology studies, media & comm studies, Schools of Info
Algorithms are a threat to society and so far, academia is asleep at the wheel.
This claim is crazy. Many departments founded since the late 60s focus on technology and responsibility. Loads of people looking into algorithms. (Maybe even too many, when compared to other mundane tech.) From this NYTs op-ed:
Like the filter bubble that other search engines put you in, machine-powered algorithms have the power to affect our daily lives but with little oversight and serious consequences. Academia can help with this with institutional support.
Nope, this is wrong. Academics are all over this. Industry doesn't engage/support research enough
Possibly the most important piece you will read today
I literally have a PhD in this academic field of study. Do I need you all to clap so I can exist, like I’m Tinker Bell? 👏👏👏
"We urgently need an academic institute focused on algorithmic accountability." [email protected] in today's NYT
Unfortunate that this by fails to acknowledge great work that's already being done. But true that study of social consequences of algorithms is scattered and the people doing it rarely involved in teaching of future engineers.
When tech giants fund research, "any skeptical message about technology could present a...conflict of interest”
Still in shock and awe that / published this. Everything I've published has done exactly this - & so has work of countless other scholars. #NotAsleepAtTheWheel
This op-ed reminds me of a lot of complaints about "academia." Academia is one of the only groups who IS raising the alarm about algorithms. Guess this is a thread.
Good see encouraging critical, ethical & policy lenses on tech, but this just isn't true. There are multiple leading scholars at these schools studying this. ht
I love it when academics sound off about things they do not know much about: "The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech"
Algorithms are a threat to society and so far, academia is asleep at the wheel —
Great NYT OpEd by on need for academy dedicated to genuine algorithmic accountability and scrutiny, not worried about getting hired by big tech
"There is essentially no distinct field of academic study that takes seriously the responsibility of understanding and critiquing the role of technology — and specifically, the algorithms that are responsible for so many decisions — in our lives."
Proud to have [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected], at Cornell Tech taking this on in a deep and grounded way: The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech
The problem isn't that academics are ignoring tech but that academics who are critical of tech get ignored.
I believe the departments you are looking for are “history and sociology of science” and “science, technology, and society.”
The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech
An important issue, but this article misses the mark. Sure, more 'institutes' & interdisciplinarity would be great. But the problem isn't lack of interest. Mostly it's a) lack of cooperation by tech companies and b) 20th century training (some disciplines)
"We urgently need an academic institute focused on algorithmic accountability." Data scientists very much agree, . Challenge is to find a funding source independent from #AI/tech companies it would be holding accountable.
Great Op-Ed by on why academia is poorly positioned to respond to technological grand challenges: the data is elsewhere
The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech, by via
« We need academia to step up to fill in the gaps in our collective understanding about the new role of technology in shaping our lives. »
We need academia to step up to fill in the gaps in our collective understanding about the new role of technology in shaping our lives.
I like 's work but saying there are no academic fields critiquing technology is wrong & unfair to well established disciplines: media & comms studies, STS, the sociology/history of science, software studies, information studies via
While I know that big data is a concern of many in higher ed (at least in my networks), I think this is a great call to action for academia & researchers to do more than just pay attention
1/ Op-ed author clueless abt how academics work or what’s going on. Says “professors...often find themselves in situations in which positing any skeptical message about technology could present a professional conflict of interest”🤦🏻‍♀️
wish we used technology to help us reason, not free us from the necessity to do so. Responsibility to explain
Finally caught up w/ in yday's . We need academics to critique tech. Time to take this work to the next level.
disclaimer: Normally, I am angered by those who are critical of academia This is the exception: The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech "We urgently need an academic institute focused on algorithmic accountability."
Opinion | The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech
„We urgently need an academic institute focused on algorithmic accountability.“ (via )
The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech Er...? Hello?
This is far from the case in my experience/opinion. Follow any number of scholars on my feed here. Maybe we should just pay more attention to the humanities.
Humans, too! | “It goes without saying that when computers are making decisions, a lot can go wrong.”
I agree with this editorial wholeheartedly. We need more ethicists thinking about the ethical implication in using machine learning algorithms.
The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech #AcDigID #highered #satech
Opinion | The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech
Cathy O'Neal's oped urging academia to take seriously the task of critiquing the role of technology. Of course she is right, but the issue is not just what the algorothms measure, but what they don't -- we need to see both to assess their effects
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The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech,by Cathy O’Neil /
"If only they would scrutinize the big tech firms rather than stand by waiting to be hired." Bingo.
Quotes are Cathy Oneil's ( ? ) in her piece, The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech
The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech #highered #sociology
The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech
The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech
The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech
"We urgently need an academic institute focused on algorithmic accountability." #BigData #AutomatedSystems #Ethics
YES THIS: The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech by ht