20710614 - Laboratorio di tecnologia, cultura e società - LM

The seminar offers the opportunity of deepening the issues discussed during the courses of philosophy, technology and society and History of Artificial Intelligence.
The objective of the seminar is to increase the critical and technical competences of students, in order to discuss political, social and philosophical problems of technological implementation in society.
Students are kindly requested to actively participate to the seminar activities and at the end of the seminar, for which attending is requested, they will acquire argumentation, investigation competences as well as the capacity of building a critical discourse in written and oral form on issues under discussion during the seminar.
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Artificial intelligence and society: data-driven decisions and algorithmic interpretation
1) the algorithmic decision-making process. who is accountable for data-driven algorithmic decisions? previsions and probability are not 100% sure. human beings are slower than machines and less proficient with data analysis, but who can guarantee the correctness of decisions?
2) According to alan Turing machines need to predent to act like human beings. they don't have to be like them. In order for them to be intelligent they need to make mistakes. who can control which decision is the good one, in open context? We would need counter-factual reality in order to check if the decision was really the better one.
3) technology is a sociotechnical system that want to organize the external world, not to understand it. Who is in control of such a governamental system? Which are the objectives of the technological system? Which are the rules for the sharing of the same environment, that includes human beings, other living beings and socio-technical tools?

Core Documentation

the reading list will be defined at the beginning of the collective seminar.

Type of delivery of the course

the meetings of the seminar will be at the univerity according to calendar that will be shared at the beginning of the lab. Attendance to the lab is warmly suggested. during the seminar there will be the presentation of students on different issues related to the theme. a discussion will follow. All students attending the seminar will have to deliver some presentations.

Type of evaluation

The work of the lab is during the meetings. students are required to attend the meetings and present in some of them their chosen article. there is no extra evaluation. the evaluation is based on the active participation to the meetings.