AI & Machine Learning
Selections made by top experts for an audience new to this topic
Now & in the future
Why does it matter?
Artificial intelligence “is a technology that is transforming every walk of life,” according to Darrell M. West of the Brooking Institution. AI systems have already become important components of nearly every economic sector, particularly finance, health care, and transportation, and are set to continue to expand in the near future.
How does artificial intelligence learn?
Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
Selected articles and texts
Deep dive: long form content to further your understanding
Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity to Maximize Machines
A compelling argument for a real conversation about the ethical issues raised by artificial intelligence. Author John C. Havens doesn’t argue for or against AI, but depicts two different futures: one where we approach the issue with good values and ethics, and one where we do not.
Digitize and Punish: Racial Criminalization in the Digital Age
A more recent publication, this book analyzes the social applications of artificial intelligence, specifically how new technologies can be used to enforce existing structural racism. University of Illinois professor Brian Jefferson argues that carceral power has been digitized, and warns that these tools can be used to harm the most vulnerable in society.
Acclaimed mathematician and human-centered computing advocate Cathy O’Neil warns of the perils of relying on algorithms and AI to make decisions. Although in theory this should remove human bias, the opposite is true: many models actually reinforce discrimination. O’Neil calls on tech companies to fix this systemic issue, and on policymakers to implement regulations.
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
Machine Learning: Living in the Age of AI
Computer Scientist Explains Machine Learning in 5 Levels of Difficulty
This short film produced by WIRED examines the practical aspects of artificial intelligence and presents examples of how people, such as farmers and senior citizens, interact with AI in their day-to-day lives.
In this video, start-up founder and computer scientist Hilary Mason explains machine learning to five different people, ranging from children to a fellow expert. It’s a great resource for people at all levels of understanding and easily digestible.