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July 8, 2020
How can Science Fiction be used to get the public involved in the AI Ethics conversation? What are religious studies and how can they relate to AI? Why is it important to distinguish between Science Fiction and Science Fact when it comes to the future of AI? To answer these questions and more we welcome Dr. Beth Singler to the show. Dr. Beth Singler is a Junior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. Previously, Beth was the post-doctoral Research Associate on the “Human Identity in an age of Nearly-Human Machines” project at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. Through her research, Beth explores the social, ethical, philosophical, and religious implications of advances in Artificial Intelligence and robotics.Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.org. If you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
July 1, 2020
What are the societal impacts and ethics of Natural Language Processing (or NLP)? How can language be a form of power? How can we effectively teach ethics in the NLP classroom? How can we promote healthy interdisciplinary collaboration in the development of NLP products?To answer these questions and more we welcome Dr. Emily Bender to the show.Dr. Emily Bender researches linguistics, computational linguistics, and ethical issues in Natural Language Processing.  Emily is currently a Professor in the Department of Linguistics and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. She is also the faculty director of the CLMS program and the director of the Computational Linguistics Laboratory.Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.org. If you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
June 28, 2020
Sponsored by Ethical Intelligence this bonus episode features a presentation delivered by Renee Cummings as a workshop given on 06/24/20. We also welcome Ethical Intelligence CEO Olivia Gambelin to the show as a guest host. Renée Cummings is a criminologist and international criminal justice consultant who specializes in Artificial Intelligence (AI); ethical AI, bias in AI, diversity and inclusion in AI, algorithmic authenticity and accountability, data integrity and equity, AI for social good and social justice in AI policy and governance. She is the CEO of Urban AI. Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.org. Slides referenced can be found by contacting Ethical Intelligence at ethicalintelligence.coIf you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
June 24, 2020
What does it mean that IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, and others have distanced themselves from developing facial recognition technology and providing facial recognition data to vendors? Should you be skeptical? Where is the hope? To answer these questions and more we welcome Deb Raji to the show. Deb is a tech fellow at the AI Now Institute Working on critical perspectives to evaluation practice in AI, conducting audits on deployed AI systems and facial recognition, and AI auditing policy. She has worked closely with the Algorithmic Justice League initiative and on several projects to highlight cases of bias in computer vision. Deb was named one of MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 for her research on the harms of racially biased data in facial recognition technologies.Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.orgIf you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
June 17, 2020
What are the ethics of emoji design and why does it matter? What are some of the ethical concerns we should have about chatbots and virtual assistants? How can these technologies perpetuate racial and gender stereotypes? To answer these questions and more The Radical AI Podcast welcomes Dr. Miriam Sweeney to the show.  Dr. Miriam Sweeney is an assistant professor in the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Alabama. She is a critical cultural digital media scholar who studies anthropomorphic design, virtual assistants, voice interfaces, and AI through the lenses of race, gender, and sexuality. Her current project, Facing Our Computers: Identity, Interfaces, and Intimate Data, explores the linkages between identity, design, and dataveillance in AI voice assistants, digital assistants, and chatbot interfaces.  Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.org If you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
June 14, 2020
In this Minisode hosts Dylan and Jess reflect on current events, systemic racism in tech and beyond, how to stay connected to the deeply systemic work that is needed to uproot colonialism, and much more. Every month The Radical AI Podcast releases a Minisode reviewing the previous month's episodes and updating listeners on insider news from the Radical AI world. As always we invite you to please subscribe, rate, and leave a review to show your support!Show notes and transcript available at radicalai.org
June 10, 2020
How can we claim agency over data systems to fight for racial justice? What is Data for Black Lives? How can you join the movement? To answer these questions and more we welcome Yeshi Milner to the show. Yeshi Milner is the co-founder and executive director of Data for Black Lives. Raised in Miami, FL, Yeshi began organizing against the school-to-prison pipeline at Power U Center for Social Change as a high school senior. There she developed a lifelong commitment to movement building as a vehicle for creating and sustaining large-scale social change. More recently, Yeshi was a campaign manager at Color of Change, where she spearheaded several major national initiatives, including OrganizeFor, the only online petition platform dedicated to building the political voice of Black people. Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.org If you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
June 3, 2020
How do we respond to the racism in the world we have been given? What does it mean to transform technology systems in the spirit of justice and equity? How do we engage with diversity and representation without reducing our efforts to simple branding and lip service? To answer these questions and more the Radical AI Podcast welcomes one of our heroes Dr. Timnit Gebru to the show.  Dr. Timnit Gebru is a research scientist at Google on the ethical AI team and a co-founder of Black in AI. Timnit previously did her postdoc at Microsoft Research for the FATE (Fairness Transparency Accountability and Ethics in AI) group, where she studied algorithmic bias and the ethical implications underlying any data mining project. She received her Ph.D. from the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, studying computer vision under Fei-Fei Li.
May 31, 2020
How does your data tell your story? Is historical data political? What do our archives have to do with defining the future of our technology?To answer these questions and more The Radical AI Podcast welcomes Stanford PhD. Student and Archivist Eun Seo Jo to the show.  Eun Seo Jo is a PhD student in History at Stanford University. Her research broadly covers applications of machine learning on historical data and the ethical concerns of using socio-cultural data for AI research and systems.  Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.org If you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
May 27, 2020
Should we grant robots rights? What is moral relationality and how can it be useful for designing machine learning algorithms? What is the algorithmic colonization of Africa and why is it harmful? To answer these questions and more The Radical AI Podcast welcomes Abeba Birhane to the show.  Abeba Birhane is a PhD candidate in cognitive science at University College Dublin in the School of Computer Science. She studies the relationships between emerging technologies, personhood and society. Specifically, Abeba explores how technology can shape what it means to be human. Abeba’s work is incredibly interdisciplinary - bridging the fields of cognitive science, psychology, computer science, critical data studies, and philosophy.  Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.org If you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
May 20, 2020
What is the role of journalism in telling the stories of tech ethics? How can journalism bridge the gap between technology and public policy? How do we measure truth in journalism, research and beyond? To answer these questions and more The Radical AI Podcast welcomes Karen Hao to the show. Karen is the artificial intelligence reporter for MIT Technology Review. She covers the ethics and social impacts of technology as well as its applications for social good. Karen also writes the AI newsletter, “the Algorithm”, which thoughtfully examines the field’s latest news and research. Previously, Karen was a reporter and data scientist at Quartz and an application engineer at the first startup to spin out of Google X.Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.orgIf you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
May 20, 2020
What is the role of journalism in telling the stories of tech ethics? How can journalism bridge the gap between technology and public policy? How do we measure truth in journalism, research and beyond? To answer these questions and more The Radical AI Podcast welcomes Karen Hao to the show. Karen is the artificial intelligence reporter for MIT Technology Review. She covers the ethics and social impacts of technology as well as its applications for social good. Karen also writes the AI newsletter, “the Algorithm”, which thoughtfully examines the field’s latest news and research. Previously, Karen was a reporter and data scientist at Quartz and an application engineer at the first startup to spin out of Google X.Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.orgIf you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
May 17, 2020
In this Minisode hosts Dylan and Jess celebrate one month since launch and debrief racism and sexism in AI, labor movements in tech spaces, theology, and so much more!Every month The Radical AI Podcast releases a Minisode reviewing the previous month's episodes and updating listeners on insider news from the Radical AI world. As always we invite you to please subscribe, rate, and leave a review to show your support!
May 13, 2020
What is the intersection between labor justice movements and the AI technology industry? How can we use design and ethnography to address the relationship between technology, power, and liberation? To answer these questions and more The Radical AI Podcast welcomes Dr. Lilly Irani to the show. Dr. Lilly Irani is an associate professor of communication and science studies at the University of California, San Diego. She is a cofounder and maintainer of digital labor activism tool Turkopticon, and author of the book Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India. Dr. Irani’s research broadly investigates the cultural politics of high-tech work practices with a focus on how actors produce “innovation” cultures.Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.orgIf you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
May 6, 2020
How is racism embedded in technological systems? How do we address the root causes of discrimination? How do we as designers and consumers of AI technology reclaim our agency and create a world of equity for all? To answer these questions and more The Radical AI Podcast welcomes Dr. Ruha Benjamin to the show.  Dr. Benjamin is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and founder of the Just Data Lab. She is author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (2013) and Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (2019) among other publications. Her work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge, and power.Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.orgIf you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
April 29, 2020
Can you separate technology from power? Is technology ever objective? How do we build technology that meets the needs of everyone? To answer these questions and more The Radical AI Podcast welcomes Dr. Sarah Myers West to the show. Dr. Sarah Myers West is a postdoctoral researcher at the AI Now Institute. Her research centers on the critical study of technology and culture, with an emphasis on historical and ethnographic methods.Dr. West is currently working on a project that addresses the politics of diversity and inclusion in technological communities by exploring the nexus of artificial intelligence, gender, and intersectionality. She received her doctoral degree from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California in 2018, where her dissertation examined the cultural history and politics of encryption technologies from the 1960s to the present day.Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.orgIf you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
April 22, 2020
What does it mean to be an embodied black woman in technology spaces? What is techno-womanism? Do spirituality and liberation have a place in our conversations about technology? To answer these questions and more The Radical AI Podcast welcomes Shamika Goddard to the show. Shamika was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, and is the oldest of four children. Attending math and engineering camps for fun in junior high and high school, Shamika was excited about learning and eager to help save the world. After graduating from Stanford University, she served a year with AmeriCorps through Reading Partners in Queens and decided to stay in New York City. She went on to study technology and ethics at Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York and is thrilled to be serving others as a Tech Chaplain. She currently attends CU Boulder's iSchool studying technology, ethics, and social justice issues.Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.orgIf you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
April 19, 2020
In this Minisode hosts Jess and Dylan debrief the breaking news of contact tracing apps, socio-political power structures, and reveal future guests for the show.Every month The Radical AI Podcast releases a Minisode reviewing the previous month's episodes and updating listeners on insider news from the Radical AI world. As always we invite you to please subscribe, rate, and leave a review to show your support!
April 15, 2020
What does it mean that Apple and Google have partnered to create contact tracing apps? Should you be worried that your medical data is at stake? What are the ramifications of this unprecedented collaboration of two tech behemoths? To answer these questions and more The Radical AI Podcast welcomes Seda Gurses to the show.Seda is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Multi-Actor Systems at the Faculty of Technology Policy and Management, at TU Delft and an affiliate at the COSIC Group at the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), KU Leuven. Her work focuses on privacy-enhancing and protective optimization technologies (PETs and POTs), privacy engineering, as well as questions around software infrastructures, social justice, and political economy as they intersect with computer science. Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.orgIf you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
April 9, 2020
How does a machine experience your identity? What do women and gender studies have to do with technology design? How do we create more dialogue between industry and the academy? To answer these questions and more The Radical AI Podcast welcomes Morgan Klaus Scheuerman to the show.Morgan Klaus Scheuerman is an Information Science Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado interested in exploring the ways individuals with diverse gender identities interact with technology. Full show notes for this episode can be found at Radicalai.orgIf you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
April 9, 2020
Are we being watched? Who is responsible for ensuring the ethical use of our data? What does it mean to be data literate? To answer these questions and more The Radical AI Podcast welcomes Kandrea Wade to the show.Kandrea Wade is a PhD student in the Information Science department at CU Boulder focusing on algorithmic identity and the digital surveillance of marginalized groups. Full show notes for this episode can be found on Radicalai.orgIf you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
April 9, 2020
Are robots moral? How can we tell? What do language, politeness, and persuasion have to do with robot morality? To answer these questions and more The Radical AI Podcast welcomes Dr. Tom Williams to the show.Tom Williams is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Colorado School of Mines, where he directs the Mines Interactive Robotics Research Lab. Full show notes for this episode can be found on Radicalai.orgIf you enjoy this episode please make sure to subscribe, submit a rating and review, and connect with us on twitter at twitter.com/radicalaipod
March 29, 2020
The Radical AI Podcast will officially launch on 4/10/20!
March 5, 2020
Who are we? Why do we exist? What is our origin story? Join hosts Dylan and Jess as they begin from the beginning: just what is Radical AI anyway?
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