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Data Driven Society

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On November 1st and 2nd, 2018, the American Alliance of Museums organized a two-day convening titled, Museums and New Intelligences. The event was hosted by the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, Florida, and had more than 60 museum leaders, technologists, scholars, artists, and funders in attendance.

The keynote presentation on Friday, November 2nd was presented by Surya Mattu, artist, engineer, and investigative journalist. He discussed biases and the role they play in artificial intelligence today using examples from Google, the internet of things, and his own investigations. Watch to find out how museums have a unique opportunity to apply AI for the betterment of world.

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Surya Mattu | Mattu is a Brooklyn based artist, engineer and investigative journalist who looks at the ways in which algorithmic systems perpetuate systemic biases and inequalities in society. He is currently a Research Scientist at the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab and a resident at Eyebeam. Previously, he was the Data Reporter and Gizmodo’s Special Projects Desk and a contributing researcher at ProPublica, where he worked on Machine Bias, a series that aims to highlight how algorithmic systems can be biased and discriminate against people. Machine Bias was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Explanatory Journalism. He has shown work at The Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Sundance Film Festival The Whitney Museum, V&A Museum and Bitforms Gallery.


For additional information about the event, to watch the other keynote presentation, or to download a primer about new intelligences, please visit this page: Museums and New Intelligences.

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