An ethnographic interview with an AI

via BoingBoing, this video of a presentation by Genevieve Bell from Intel at O'Reilly's AI Conference, on how to engage the concept of AI from an anthropological and ethnographic framework.

I don't think of AI as trying to invent an artificial human, but it's extremely important to think about the cultural, moral, racial, and gender biases that get baked into code through histories of projects.

Ideas on the documentation and interpretation of interactions in a classroom environment

Some rough notes of some ideas I hope to work on, potentially as part of my PhD program. My Masters degree thesis was based on the use of social network and discourse analysis in an online course to attempt to understand the differences in student activity and interactions in two different online platforms and course designs. Tools like Gephi and NodeXL are available to anyone teaching online, to feed the data (system-generated activity logs, raw discussion text, twitter hashtags, search queries etc. [Read More]