AI ON THE GROUND

Madeleine Clare Elish describes herself as a cultural anthropologist whose work examines the social impacts of AI and automation on society. As Research Lead and co-founder of the AI on the Ground Initiative at Data & Society, she works to inform the ethical design, use, and governance of AI systems through the application of social science research and human- centred ethnographic perspectives. At the IFA+ Summit, she will be talking about the complex and often surprising dynamics of human-AI collaboration. We asked her to tell us a little more about her day-to-day work.

I lead the AI on the Ground Initiative at Data & Society, a non-profit research institute in New York focused on thorny issues at the intersection of technology and society. The AI on the Ground Initiative at Data & Society focuses on the development, use, and assessment of AI by the people who shape new AI systems and policies. Centring social science research, our goal is to develop robust analyses of AI systems that can effectively inform design, use, and governance.

How do you see AI changing our lives in the future?

Artificial intelligence will improve many aspects of everyday life, but also is implicated in rising social inequality, the concentration of corporate power, and the curtailing of individual autonomy.

OUR GOAL IS TO DEVELOP ROBUST ANALYSES OF AI SYSTEMS

Who should come to your talk?

Designers, executives, entrepreneurs and industry analysts who want to learn more about how to apply ethical, human-centred principles to developing and implementing AI.

What are your thoughts on the concept of the IFA+ Summit in general?

I am looking forward to being a part of the historic IFA convention and learning from the other amazing speakers at the IFA+ Summit.


MORAL CRUMPLE ZONES: CAUTIONARY TALES IN HUMAN- ROBOT INTERACTION
Date: Today, Monday 9 September
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Hall 26b – GRAND THEATRE


Photo: Madeleine Clare Elish, Research Lead and co-founder of the AI on the Ground Initiative at Data & Society