PSA2018 Public Forum

For the Public Good?

Values and Accountability in AI and Data Science

7:30 - 9:00 pm

1 November 2018

The Seattle Public Library, Microsoft Auditorium

1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

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Heather DouglasEric HorvitzSabina LeonelliDavid Danks


 Artificial intelligence (AI) and data-intensive science are influencing all aspects of our lives. Our smart phones and search engines anticipate our needs and preferences, driverless cars and autonomous military weapons are no longer the stuff of SciFi, and life-changing judgments about everything from medical diagnoses and credit ratings to college admissions and parole decisions are informed by algorithm-driven data analysis. Yet questions about which data sets to mine, how a particular algorithm is constructed, and what kind of transparency we can demand for these powerful technologies persist. The PSA invites the public to join us in exploring these important issues:

  • What assumptions are built into the algorithms that make data mining and AI possible? 
  • How should developers change their practice to address encoded values? 
  • And ultimately, what “public good” should  data science and AI serve?



  • David Danks, Thurstone Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University

 ***** This event is free, open to the public, and no registration is required. *****


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