Date(s) - 05/13/2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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As a part of the Data Then and Now Seminar Series, Dr. Louise Amoore will be giving a talk: “Cloud Ethics: Algorithms and the Attributes of Ourselves and Others”  Thursday May 13th, 2021 at 10:00-11:00am PDT.


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Abstract: How could it be sufficient to seek an ‘AI ethics’ to arrange the algorithm for a good society when machine learning models are so deeply implicated in arranging the matter of what good looks like? An algorithm could be rendered compliant with AI codes of ethics and yet (because it is not reducible to its source code, because it modified itself through every exposure, every extracted feature) it will continue to learn, to generate thresholds of the good and the normal, to recognise and misrecognise, and to infer future intent. One may feel that something of oneself is protected and yet the clustered attributes continue to supply the conditions for future arbitrary actions against unknown others. What would happen if one began instead from the algorithm as already an ethico-political arrangement of propositions? In my book Cloud Ethics I propose a different way of thinking about the ethics of algorithms, one that does not belong to a paradigm of transparency and accountability, but instead begins from the opacity and partiality of all forms of giving an account, human and algorithmic. The apparent opacity of the algorithm should not pose an entirely new problem for us, for the difficulty of locating clear-sighted account of action was already present.


Bio: Louise Amoore is professor of political geography at Durham University, UK. She is author of Cloud Ethics (2020, Duke) and The Politics of Possibility (2013, Duke). She has been awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant for her project, Algorithmic Societies: Ethical Life in the Machine Learning Age (2020-25).


This talk is jointly sponsored by the eScience Institute, the Simpson Center for Humanities, the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering, and the Information School.

The Data Then and Now seminar series explores the social and organizational history of data and data practices in order to better understand the current data-intensive moment through its antecedents and continuities. It features invited speakers from across the country and around the world. For more information, please visit the Data Then and Now web page.