Algorithms, Accidents, and the Imposition of a World of Calculation

The explosive, sometimes accidental tranformations performed by statistics and algorithms alter our world to produce “someone else,” no longer the beings we thought we were. To demonstrate how statistics and algorithms are fundamentally transformative, John Cheney-Lippold explores the use of statistics to invalidate the signature of a multimillion dollar will, and to objectify racial categories in the case of People vs. Collins, and the accidental algorithmics that led to the lethal collision of a Tesla autonomous vehicle. This lecture reorients many of the pressing questions of contemporary culture of algorithmic bias, ethics, and ideas of justice.

Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Electrical Energy Resources Center (EERC), 0103
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

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The Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture


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