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Algorithms Don’t Predict the Future, They Cause the Future

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Lynn Hershman Leeson. Video still from Shadowstalker, 2019. Dual channel video installation.

The second iteration of the Thinking Machines series will expand on the themes and conversations presented in the exhibition Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI.  Join us for the second out of the 3—part programming series that explores the ethical questions and public discourse around AI. 

We all know that algorithms determine which social media ads you see, but have you considered how they are deciding your fate? Algorithms decide who gets the job, who gets into college, and which dating candidates you see. In some companies, AI performance reviews determine who gets fired and promoted. Some of the biggest moments in your life are decided by algorithms. You are being nudged if not pushed into the path determined by The Digital Fates.  Join us for the second out of the three-part Thinking Machines programming series that explores the ethical questions and public discourse around AI. In this talk, Cathy O’Neil reveals the bias inherent in these algorithms, raises your awareness of how it is impacting your life, and teaches you how you can opt-out to avoid being fooled or left out.  Presentation will be followed by a live Q+A with curator Claudia Schmuckli. 

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This event is part of Virtual Wednesdays, a weekly YouTube broadcast bringing you unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as we aim to reframe our exhibitions and collections. View upcoming Virtual Wednesdays programs.

About the Speaker

Cathy O’Neil is a data skeptic who uncovers the dark secrets of big data.  She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, which was also a semifinalist for the National Book Award. She is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and founded the company ORCAA, an algorithmic auditing company.  She helps companies understand and mitigate their risks around the algorithms they employ and that are used against them. 

Starting as a professor at Barnard College, where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry, Cathy later switched over to the private sector. She worked as a quantitative analyst for the hedge fund, D.E. Shaw, in the middle of the credit crisis, and then for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. She then left finance and started working as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene, building models that predicted people’s purchases and clicks.

About the Exhibition

In today’s AI-driven world, increasingly organized and shaped by algorithms that track, collect, and evaluate our data, the question of what it means to be human has shifted. Uncanny Valley is the first major exhibition to unpack this question through a lens of contemporary art and propose new ways of thinking about intelligence, nature, and artifice.

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Thinking Machines is made possible with support from AppDynamics.

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