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Real people behind artificial intelligence

Richard was an organiser of this public discussion about finding the real people behind artificial intelligence, hosted at The Alan Turning Institute

Real people behind artificial intelligence

22nd January 2019

Event description from Alan Turing Institute website: 

Comparing the increasing diversity of human-machine interactions and the new types of work such as ‘crowdsourcing’ associated with them.

About the event

Artificial intelligence surrounds us, some automation we’re aware of: assembly line workers replaced by machines, or drones delivering packages ordered online. Other automation is more hidden: algorithms which decide who should serve prison sentences and for how long, or which CVs are sent in response to job recruitment adverts.

These differences in how we interact with our world are not new. From the plough to the PC, changes in technology have always been accompanied by changes in the nature of work. The growing use of artificial intelligence raises new questions across the sciences, arts and humanities, and for public policy.

This panel-led debate will focus on opening up and addressing questions about whose work underpins automation, whether this is work at all, and if so what kind? It will be a lively and multidisciplinary conversation, with as much audience participation as possible. Please bring your opinions and be ready to hear from others on what might we need to do to ensure diverse and fair contributions to automation which are appropriately recognised and rewarded.

Related Link:


Alexander A, Bodra A, Milne R, Whitaker K, 2019. Real people behind artificial intelligence. 22nd January. The Alan Turing Institute, London, UK