Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World

March 21 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Bonchek College House 101 Great Room

In this talk, author and NYU professor Meredith Broussard looks at the inner workings and outer limits of technology and explains why we should never assume that computers always get things right.
Making a case against "technochauvinism"--the belief that technology is always the solution--Broussard looks at why self-driving cars don't really work and why social problems persist in every digital Utopia. If we understand the limits of what we *can* do with technology, we can make better choices about what we *should* do with it to make the world better for everyone.
Broussard is an assistant professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University and a 2018 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow. Her research focuses on artificial intelligence in investigative reporting with a particular interest in using data analysis for social good. Her newest project explores how future historians will read today's news on tomorrow's computers.
This event is sponsored by the Miller Humanities Fund, Department of Sociology, Science, Technology and Society Program, and Bonchek College House.