June 15th, 2021
Author talks #1: Kate Crawford & Jer Thorp
7pm CDT. Online. Free.
Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence
Kate Crawford reveals how the global networks underpinning AI technology are damaging the environment, entrenching inequality, and fueling a shift toward undemocratic governance.
Living in Data: A Citizen’s Guide to a Better Information Future
Jer Thorp brings his work as a data artist to bear on an exploration of our current and future relationship with data, transcending facts and figures to find new, more visceral ways to engage with data.
Let’s talk books.
More precisely let’s let some friends of eyeo talk about their books.
You know… virtually.
Join us for a conversation between authors Kate Crawford and Jer Thorp. Kate’s Atlas of AI and Jer’s Living in Data both hit the shelves in 2021. They’re great reads – both engrossing and important as we consider the shape of the future.
Kate Crawford is a leading international scholar of the social implications of artificial intelligence. She’s a Research Professor at USC Annenberg, a Senior Principal Researcher at MSR in New York, an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney, and the inaugural Visiting Chair for AI and Justice at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Crawford’s latest book, Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence (Yale University Press) has been described as “a fascinating history of data” by the New Yorker and a “timely and urgent contribution” by Science.
Jer Thorp is an artist, writer and teacher living in New York City. He is best known for designing the algorithm to place the nearly 3,000 names on the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan. Jer was the New York Times’ first Data Artist in Residence, is a National Geographic Explorer, and in 2017 and 2018 served as the Innovator in Residence at the Library of Congress. Jer is one of the world’s foremost data artists, and is a leading voice for the ethical use of big data.