The Social Lives of Algorithms
Presenter: Professor Paul Dourish
Lecture: 5.30pm-7.00pm. Drinks and canapés: 7.00-8pm
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Arguments around the rise of automation and associated digital technology advances have traditionally focused on deskilling and the transformation of work. Lately, a new focus has emerged around the role of algorithms in shaping our lives. Algorithms dispatch us taxis, evaluate our credit-worthiness, assess the security risks of online transactions, and choose which ads we see. They drive online dating sites, and gather the search results that help us decide on what to eat for dinner and where.
Algorithms aren’t just technical objects; they’re also social objects that play a role in the organisation of everyday sociality, and are the outcome of the social actions of organisations, professions, regulators, and lawmakers. Together, algorithms and data come to constitute a new way of understanding and talking about society and ourselves.
This lecture will address the social life of algorithms – both how we come to understand algorithms as objects, and the consequences of enabling them to act in and upon our world.
Presented as part of the Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program.
When & Where
Melbourne School of Engineering
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