Craig Watkins / "Ready or Not: The Coming Challenges of Cities Use of Artificial Intelligence"

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm


Ready or Not: The Coming Challenges of Cities Use of Artificial Intelligence
In the coming years more cities will be adopting AI and machine learning technologies to manage virtually every aspect of their operations including policing, housing, transportation, and public health. But even as cities adopt and deploy computational systems a key question emerges: what is their degree of readiness to address the challenges posed by algorithmic decision-making systems, including unrepresentative data sets, bias, and inadequate engagement with systemic inequalities? Drawing on a series of interviews conducted with eight departments across the city of Austin, Watkins will offer some preliminary perspectives from the data related to, for example, procurement policies, operations, and community engagement.

Craig Watkins is the Ernest A. Sharpe Centennial Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the Founding Director of the Institute for Media Innovation​. His research focuses on the impacts of media and data-based systems on human behavior, with a specific concentration on issues related to systemic racism. He is the author of six books and several articles and book chapters examining the intersections between race, technology, and society. His research also considers how diverse communities seek to adopt and deploy technology in innovative ways that address data literacy, civic life, and health. This work has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation.
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