Blame It On the Algorithm!-Mhairi Aitken

August 25, 2019 @ 8:10 pm – 9:10 pm Europe/London Timezone
New Town Theatre
96 George St
Edinburgh EH2 3DH
0844 477 1000

Mhairi Aitken -Blame It On the Algorithm!

Algorithms and artificial intelligence can determine your mortgage application, drive a car, find you a soulmate and even diagnose your health conditions. Dr Mhairi Aitken (Newcastle University) asks: do we really need human intelligence anymore?

Computers could replace your doctor; find cures to rare conditions; tell schools which children need extra support; tell prospective employers which candidates are lowest risk; identify illegal immigrants from scanning their faces; they could even decide where drones should drop bombs.

Computers might know what they can do, but who can say what they should do?