Reading 3: Limitations of artificial intelligence🔗

This assignment is due on Tuesday, January 30 at 11:59pm. Don’t bullshit.

Exercise 1. Watch Understanding the limitations of AI: when algorithms fail by Gebru. Focus on how Gebru critiques common beliefs.
  • When you follow the link above with your browser, you should see Gebru’s talk, as well as a button “<” in the upper-right corner. Use the “<” button to expand the annotation sidebar.

  • You may need to log in to Hypothesis, using the account you created in Reading 1: Who can define the bigger number?.

  • **Pay attention to this next step**. This is a common mistake that results in many zeros on the assignment. After logging in, you are not done. You still have to expand the drop-down menu “Public” in the top right sidebar, make sure it says “my groups”, and change it to our course group “211”. You belong to this group because you used the invite link in Reading 1: Who can define the bigger number?. If you don’t post to this group, then other students won’t see your annotations, and you won’t get credit.

Use the “>” button to collapse the annotation sidebar, then watch the video. The video is synchronized with the automatic and imperfect transcript to the left.

Exercise 2. Find one place in Gebru’s talk where she questions or disagrees with something that people commonly believe, say, or do. Select the relevant passage in the transcript, and Annotate it like this:
  • “Here Gebru questions the common belief that…” or

  • “Here Gebru disagrees with the common statement that…” or

  • “Here Gebru cautions against the common practice of…”.

For example, you might add the annotation “Here Gebru disagrees with the common belief that law enforcement should use every tool available” at an appropriate place.

Exercise 3. Once you have added your annotation, respond to someone else like this:
  • “She does so by describing…” or

  • “She does so by citing…” or

  • “She does so by arguing that…”.

For example, you might add a response like “She does so by citing a study about…” to an appropriate existing annotation.

Extra fun. Read How Math Can Be Racist: Giraffing by Melissa Elliott.