Some reflections on my digital literacies pre-conference workshop today for AMICAL.
We hear “Everybody Daylight” by Brightblack Morning Light (a couple of times), “the Pills Won’t Help You Now” by Chemical Brothers, “South American Getaway” from Burt Bacharach’s Butch Cassidy soundtrack. “I’m Not Going” on the 500 Days of Summer Soundtrack.
Melanie Mitchell & Jim talk about the many approaches to creating AI, hype cycles, self-driving cars, what can be learned from human intelligence, & more!
Professor & Author Melanie Mitchell and Jim have a wide-ranging talk about her work in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). They explore the differences between deep learning, symbolic techniques & hybrid systems, AI springs/winters & hype cycles, self-driving cars, strong (general) vs weak (narrow) intelligence, the black-box element of human & artificial intelligence, limitations of neural nets, the potential of evolutionary approaches to AI, embodied & social cognition, whether consciousness is needed for intelligence, reinforcement learning, common sense & understanding in AI, the value of metaphors & analogies in intelligence, and much more.
This week, I’ve been delighted to be able to catch up with Adam Procter, academic, games designer, open advocate, and long-time supporter of Thought Shrapnel.
We discussed everything from the IndieWeb to his PhD project, with relevant links below!
Show notes: * Adam’s website / Southampton uni staff page * Nodenoggin (and alpha app / project code / project feedback forum) * Adam’s PhD work / blog
In this episode, we look ahead to the news and broader media environment in 2020 and pressing issues for local content in a globalised world. We also hear about the need to “decomputerise” in order to decarbonise.
Ben Tarnoff – editor, Logic Magazine
Gautam Mishra – media analyst/strategist and founder and CEO of inkl
Duration: 29min 7sec
Broadcast: Sun 15 Dec 2019, 10:30am
hat tip: Aaron Davis at https://collect.readwriterespond.com/our-changing-media-environment-and-a-call-to-decomputerise/
Zach Leatherman stops by the show to talk about his static site generator, Eleventy, as well as look back at his Front End Engineer Manifesto from 2012 and see how it holds up in 2019.
Cory Doctorow is a blogger, journalist, and science fiction author. He’s also the co-editor of Boing Boing. Joe Betts-Lacroix is the CTO of VIUM and an Expert at YC.
Growing up in Luton, meeting Francis Droney, the anatomy of the concertina, English Folk music, and many many thoughts on identity, home and what "being Irish" means.
In this episode I talk to Dr Regina Rini. Dr Rini currently teaches in the Philosophy Department at York University, Toronto where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition. She has a PhD from NYU and before coming to York in 2017 was an Assistant Professor / Faculty Fellow at the NYU Center for Bioethics, a postdoctoral research fellow in philosophy at Oxford University and a junior research fellow of Jesus College Oxford. We talk about the political and epistemological consequences of deepfakes. This is a fascinating and timely conversation.
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Show Notes 0:00 - Introduction 3:20 - What are deepfakes? 7:35 - What is the academic justification for creating deepfakes (if any)? 11:35 - The different uses of deepfakes: Porn versus Politics 16:00 - The epistemic backstop and the role of audiovisual recordings 22:50 - Two ways that recordings regulate our testimonial practices 26:00 - But recordings aren’t a window onto the truth, are they? 34:34 - Is the Golden Age of recordings over? 39:36 - Will the rise of deepfakes lead to the rise of epistemic elites? 44:32 - How will deepfakes fuel political partisanship? 50:28 - Deepfakes and the end of public reason 54:15 - Is there something particularly disruptive about deepfakes? 58:25 - What can be done to address the problem?
We take a look at yet another couple of alternative social networks, discuss some sounder approaches to privacy and running social networks, and the creation of a potential social standard.
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