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ALGORITHM ETHICS
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Majken Sander, Joerg Blumtritt
@majsander @jbenno
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def eratosthenes(n):
multiples = []
for i in xrange(2, n+1):
if i not in multiples:
print i
for j in xrange(i*i, n+1, i)...
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Ethics
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Ethics Value Judgme
What you see is… what you
expect
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‘Most(ly) true’
• no-fly example
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No
flight?
LOGIC AI VS. PROBABILISTIC AI
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Probabilistic is the new logic
13Algorithmic Information
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Algorithmic Death
Algorithmic Self
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Mistakes like a bounced check or a small overdraft have effectively
blacklisted more than a million low-income American...
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The Quantified Self
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Majken Sander
@majsander
Joerg Blumtritt
@jbenno
Algorithm ethics: The inevitable subjective judgments in analytics
Algorithm ethics: The inevitable subjective judgments in analytics
Algorithm ethics: The inevitable subjective judgments in analytics
Algorithm ethics: The inevitable subjective judgments in analytics
Algorithm ethics: The inevitable subjective judgments in analytics
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Algorithm ethics: The inevitable subjective judgments in analytics

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Algorithms define the meaning we get from data. Arbitrary decisions are regularly built into our analytics by chosen method, setting parameters, or dealing with missing values. These value judgments are not present in the privacy discussion or business point of view. However, they may be much more important than the more obvious data collection or secure storage.

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Algorithm ethics: The inevitable subjective judgments in analytics

  1. 1. ALGORITHM ETHICS 1 Majken Sander, Joerg Blumtritt @majsander @jbenno
  2. 2. 2 def eratosthenes(n): multiples = [] for i in xrange(2, n+1): if i not in multiples: print i for j in xrange(i*i, n+1, i): multiples.append(j) Algorithms
  3. 3. 3 Ethics
  4. 4. 4 Ethics Value Judgme
  5. 5. What you see is… what you expect
  6. 6. 8
  7. 7. 9
  8. 8. 10 ‘Most(ly) true’
  9. 9. • no-fly example 11 No flight?
  10. 10. LOGIC AI VS. PROBABILISTIC AI 12 Probabilistic is the new logic
  11. 11. 13Algorithmic Information
  12. 12. 14 Algorithmic Death
  13. 13. Algorithmic Self
  14. 14. 16 Mistakes like a bounced check or a small overdraft have effectively blacklisted more than a million low-income Americans from the mainstream financial system for as long as seven years as a result of little-known private databases that are used by the nation’s major banks. Algorithmic Valuation
  15. 15. 17 The Quantified Self
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  17. 17. 22 Majken Sander @majsander Joerg Blumtritt @jbenno

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