AI & Inclusion Symposium: Questions rattling my brain as I prep for it
The event […] will identify, explore, and address the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) as we seek to build a better, more inclusive, and diverse world together. It is co-organized on behalf of the NoC by the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio) and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.Considering the research project I’m working on is specifically about data justice and social justice issues, the timing couldn’t be better. There is not only a focus on AI, but also specific attention to inclusion and how these issues manifest specifically in the global South. The program is one of the better ones I’ve seen, not only in terms of topics but also with the attention to first setting a common baseline of understanding together (making sure ‘we’re all speaking the same language’) based on pre-meeting surveys, splitting into breakout groups, and building common knowledge with the specific aim to
‘identify intervention points for collaboration, communication, and synergy. Which ideas, initiatives, and projects in AI & Inclusion should be discussed further, emphasized, or reconceptualized?’As an ex-English teacher specialised in the architecture of discussion to facilitate genuine communication, this makes me happy. I mean, some of those leading the discussion in the plenaries are called ‘Firestarters’ (cue the 90s theme song) They’ve also put together a fantastic reading list on AI and inclusion, accessible to the public here. In preparation, I’m thinking through some of the questions that I’ll be bringing along.