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      On the Cruelty of Computational Reasoning


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      Politics of the Machines - Art and After (EVA Copenhagen)

      Digital arts and culture

      15 - 17 May 2018

      Human Rights, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Society



            We seek, firstly, to demonstrate the cruelty of current computational reasoning artefacts when applied to decision making in human social systems. We see this cruelty as unintended and not a direct expression of the motives and values of those creating or using algorithms. But in our view, a certain consequence nevertheless. Secondly, we seek to identify the key aspects of some exemplars of AI products and services that demonstrate these properties and consequences and relate these to the form of reasoning that they embody. Third we show how the reasoning strategies developed and now increasingly deployed by computer and data science have necessary, special and damaging qualities in the social world. Briefly noting how the narrative underpinning the creation and use of AI and other tools provides them with power in neoliberal economies. Creating a disempowered data ‘subject’ in an inferior, economically and politically supine position from which they must defend themselves if they can.


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            May 2018
            May 2018
            : 1-6
            [1 ] ETIC Lab

            Newtown, UK
            [2 ] ETIC Lab

            Milton Keynes, UK
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            Politics of the Machines - Art and After
            EVA Copenhagen
            Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
            15 - 17 May 2018
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Digital arts and culture
            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing


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