Today, the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan is relatively remote, known mostly for its magnificent medieval ruins. But over a millennium ago, it was one of the richest cities on the infamous trade route known as the Silk Road. Back in the 600s CE, that route was called simply "the road to Samarkand."
Big data are changing the ways in which individuals are tracked and the corresponding ways in which science must respond. Data uses run the gamut from public health modeling to personalization of online content to potentially discriminatory practices. Big data involve not just using new tools to get better answers but also new social, cultural and ethical issues. This award establishes a model for dealing with the ethical, social and legal impacts of big data projects from their outset, with an eye to developing next generation protocols to cover these kinds of impacts. A multidisciplinary council will be established to engage with and complement discussions already underway in mathematics, the sciences, engineering, and computer science. The goal of the Council will be to address issues such as security, privacy, equality, and access in order to help guard against the repetition of earlier mistakes and inadequate preparation. Through public commentary, events, white papers, and direct engagement with data analytics projects, the Council will develop frameworks to help researchers, practitioners, and the public understand the social, ethical, legal, and policy issues that underpin big data phenomena.
Functionally, the goal will be to help guard against the repetition of known mistakes and inadequate preparation by working across domains and disciplines involved in big data projects. In the process, those working on this project will develop new and powerful paradigms for identifying and understanding leading edge social, political, ethical, and legal issues. Both the research outputs and the coordinated network will help inform the design of scientific projects. Furthermore, the public-oriented nature and accessible outputs of this project will provide input for public discussions surrounding the big data phenomena by engaging with journalists, educators, and public policy makers. This project will create an influential community of thought leaders that can help shape the understanding of the complexities of the big data and also provide engagement for young scientists.
Norbert Wiener made contributions across several disciplines during his lifetime. Many of these were immediately relevant, and influenced theories and production during his day. Others were long-term, and only in recent years has it been possible to test their relevance. Separately, Wiener predicted the social impact of robotic, cybernetic and other technologies on the future of society, and after several decades his writing retain their relevance.
In recent years Wiener’s work has been coming to the fore in several fields, from control theory to science, technology and society. This conference will provide an opportunity to look at the full range of Wiener’s contributions, particularly those on the boarder of multiple disciplines that he valued much.
Acteurs majeurs dans la protection de la biodiversité, les peuples autochtones détiennent des ressources génétiques mais aussi des savoirs traditionnels qui intéressent les industries de l'« économie verte ». Des savoirs aujourd'hui soumis à une logique de marché.
A couple of years ago Brian Arthur, an academic affiliated with the Palo Alto Research Center, made a startling prediction. In the next two to three decades, western digital networks would end up performing functions equal to the size of the “real”
How to Love and Criticize Technology at the Same TimeJaron Lanier in conversation with Ken Perlin, Hiroshi Ishii, and Pattie MaesWednesday, March 05, 2014 | 4:00pm - 5:30pmLocation: MIT Media Lab, 3rd Floor AtriumSpeaker: Jaron Lanier Hiroshi Ishii (host) Pattie Maes (host) Ken Perlin (host)
The internet is a tracking and monitoring machine. We will ceaselessly self-track and be tracked. We’re expanding the data sphere to sci-fi levels and there’s no stopping it because too many of the benefits we covet derive from it. Our central choice now is whether this surveillance is a secret, one-way panopticon -- or a mutual, transparent kind of 'coveillance' that involves watching the watchers...