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On the Impact of the Computer on Society. How does one insult a machine? Joseph Weizenbaum (1972)
Certainly the computer industry, and with it the computer education industry, has grown to enormous proportions.
But much of the industry is self-serving. #Weizenbaum
<- It is rather like an island economy in which the natives make a living by talking in each other's laundry. #Weizenbaum
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Thread on @facebook shutting down @RiederB's #Netvizz and the hollowing out of our democracy. 1/
On the 4th September @facebook is closing down the only access researchers have for examining public page data. All other tools that access Facebook's #API will be gone forever, work akin to my study of British political parties use of Facebook will never occur again. 2/
Facebook is hollowing out our abilities to hold the corporation and the powerful on the platform to account. Although Facebook has made forward, but deliberately small steps, in opening up access to targeted advertisements via its #AdLibrary. 3/
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Test X predicts achievement Y in school A. Peter scores x on that test, and is therefore denied access to A. How unfair can that be? (Hint: predictive validity is a characteristic of test x population x situation; the test score is one of a particular human being)
The case of admission to the Civil Service: Francis Y. Edgeworth (1888). The statistics of examinations. ‘Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, 51’ 599-635. jstor.org/stable/2339898 The exam is a lottery offering better chances to the better prepared, which is not unfair.
On lotteries in education, see benwilbrink.nl/projecten/lott… In the Netherlands admission to studies with a restricted number of slots was regulated by weighted lottery from 1975-2017 (since then selection is by whatever instruments are deemed opportune, lotteries being outlawed!)
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Today, @NITIAayog released a Discussion Paper titled ‘National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence”. #AIforAll
niti.gov.in/writereaddata/…
We provide our initial thoughts on the paper here. 1/n
We welcome this initiative by @NITIAayog, but a call for comments would have been a welcome addition. The paper takes important steps forward from the #AI Task Force report released earlier this year by the DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (dipp.nic.in/sites/default/…). 2/n
This paper attempts a more holistic look at a broader range of issues concerning AI including #regulation, #ethics, #fairness, #transparency and #accountability. However, a number of issues still remain with this paper. 3/n
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