Dr Christina J. Colclough was interviewed by LG and Element AI on the future of digital technologies, the ethics of AI and the future(s) of work. See the interview with her here:
In the interview, Christina offers her opinions on why the human-centric design of artificial intelligence is crucial if we are to avoid an almost feudal future where power is concentrated in the hands of a very companies at the expense of democracy. She mentions that if we continue down the current path of an unfettered digitalisation, workers and consumers will become objects - puppets on a string - judged and manipulated.
She is asked whether she is optimistic or pessimistic about the digital future and answers that the governance of technologies is crucial for building trust in digital systems and in ensuring they serve people and planet before all else. Christina presents her co-governance model for algorithmic systems and explains how it will hold developers and those deploying digital technology responsible and transparent. It crucially includes the voice of workers so management and labour together can evaluate, adjust and where necessary reject systems that have adverse outcomes or recommendations.
When asked whether AI can serve to make workplaces more equitable, Christina responds that it is the wrong question to ask, a dangerous one even. She warns that the question implies that AI has a free will and that we mustn't naturalise that notion. She asserts that technology can be used for good, but to make it good we must - again - govern it. She asserts that technology knows no boundaries why we must talk, discuss, form and shape them so they serve the best of our interests. Union busting has no place in the digital economy.
Christina wraps up the interview talking about data cooperatives, or what she calls worker data collectives - and the benefits of collectivising data access and control over the current individualised notions of data rights we know today. Christina defines the governance structure of the worker data collective, the need for defining redlines and its purposes.
As part of the AIX Exchange, the following people were also interviewed. See all videos in the series here
Yoshua Bengio, Scientific Director of Mila and recent Turing Award winner
Rodney Brooks, robotics entrepreneur who founded iRobot Corp., inventor of the Roomba robot vacuum
David Foster, Head of Lyft Transit, Bikes and Scooters
Dr. Yuko Harayama, who helped develop Japan’s Society 5.0 roadmap as Executive Member of Japan’s Council for Science, Technology and Innovation
Charles Lee Isbell Jr., Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech
Helena Leurent, Director General of global consumer rights group, Consumers International
Bo Peng, Portfolio Director at renowned design agency IDEO
Jeff Poggi, Co-CEO of the McIntosh Group
Sri Shivananda, SVP and CTO at PayPal
Dr. Max Welling, VP Technologies at Qualcomm Netherlands and research chair in Machine Learning, University of Amsterdam
Alex Zafiroglu, Deputy Director at the 3A Institute (3Ai, Australian National University)
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