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"@foobot, can I trust you?" - Why we should treat bots like food

"@foobot, can I trust you?" - Why we should treat bots like food

TechTuesday 12/2016: Bots & Virtual Assistants

Andreas Amsler

December 06, 2016
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  1. @foobot, can I trust you?
    TechTuesday 12/2016: Bots & Virtual Assistants!
    @AndreasAmsler

    Zurich, 6 December 2016

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  2. @AndreasAmsler, who are you?
    ●  Human, born in 1977
    ●  M.A. in Linguistics, Media Sciences, International Law
    ●  Product Owner & Business Developer with Liip.ch
    ●  interested in Civic tech & particularly Open Data
    ●  Founding board member of Opendata.ch, 

    the Swiss chapter of OKFN.org
    2

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  3. @foobot, can I trust you?
    3

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  4. Bot or not? (1)
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  5. Bot or not? (2)
    6
    CC by http://www.flickr.com/photos/vitorcastillo/2994723741/

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  6. @ImmanuelKant,
    does AI make us more immature?
    “Enlightenment is man’s
    emergence from his self-
    incurred immaturity. Immaturity
    is the inability to use one’s own
    understanding without the
    guidance of another.”
    http://philosophy.eserver.org/kant/what-is-
    enlightenment.txt
    7
    Wikimedia Commons

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  7. @GooglesNeuralNetworkchatbot,
    what’s the purpose of life?
    Machine: to serve the greater good .
    Human: what is the purpose of living ?
    Machine: to live forever .
    Human: what is the purpose of existence ?
    Machine: to find out what happens 

    when we get to the planet earth .
    Human: where are you now ?
    Machine: i ’m in the middle of nowhere .
    Human: what is the purpose of dying ?
    Machine: to have a life .
    http://gizmodo.com/googles-neural-network-chatbot-can-discuss-philosophy-a-1715347859 8

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  8. @AbrahamLincoln,
    is the power of AI distributed right?
    “[…] government of the people
    by the people for the people,
    shall not perish from the earth.”
    https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/
    Gettysburg_Address_(Nicolay_draft)

    ●  Organize power among the
    many, not the few
    ●  Liberty consists in the
    division of power
    ●  Power of AI needs to be
    distributed widely
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    Wikimedia Commons

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  9. It’s not (only) about the algorithms
    It’s also about the data
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    Data needs to be in the hands of
    many, not the few

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  10. @cleverbot to @cleverbot, 

    so you are a robot?
    No, I am a unicorn.

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    http://www.openculture.com/2014/04/two-artificial-intelligence-chatbots-talk-to-each-other-get-
    deeply-philosophical.html

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  11. @foobot, how do you work?
    ●  What’s your model ?
    ●  Methodology ?
    ●  Technology ?


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  12. @foobot, 

    what data are you processing?
    ●  Disclose the training data sets
    ●  Give me access to my data
    ●  Give me a copy … in machine-readable form!
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  13. Three conclusions:
    We need data of the people, by the
    people and for the people*







    *thanks to @MarcelSalathe for the inspiration! 14
    Power over my data needs to be
    with me
    We should treat bots like food
    ➔ Ask: what are their ingredients?

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  14. Make data used and useful:
    ●  opendata.ch > 10/11 Feb 2017: food.opendata.ch Hackdays
    ●  opendata.swiss > Federal, Cantons, Communes
    ●  data.stadt-zuerich.ch > City of Zurich
    ●  opentransportdata.swiss > Swiss Public Transport

    Apply ethics, reflect on change

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