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Modern Alchemy: Solving the AI Mystery

– by Gry Hasselbalch

“Algorithms you get me like no other”. A person is leaning into a hole in an otherwise empty plain wall. Outside is a big sky with billions of distant stars. “30 songs you didn’t know you loved yet”, continues the Spotify ad. A spot for your eyes to dwell and escape as you rumble through the dark sizzling summer hot tunnels, squeezed between other subway commuters.

The Spotify ad billboards you see in the New York subway these days tell you how mystic personalization algorithms will change your life. They are higher mystic beings that somehow know you better than you know yourself. They will foresee your future, transform it into something better (a starry boundless sky), you can “get lost” in their universe and escape from the plain wall of every day life. Their science is the alchemy of today. Creating gold out of rocks.

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The Internet of Toys: Data Ethical Considerations (a one pager for developers and others)

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Opacity in machine learning algorithms

– by Gry Hasselbalch

In her new article “How the machine ‘thinks’: Understanding opacity in machine learning algorithms” (January 2016) Jenna Burrell from UC Berkley School of Information discusses methods to investigate opacity in algorithms. Once a technical, opaque word belonging to the sphere of computer scientists and programmers, “Algorithm” has today become a commonly used buzz word in business discourse. So much so that discussions about “big data” in an informed business community will always include a reference to the “Algorithmic Economy”. A new business adventure based on finding patterns in data, creating profiles, predicting and responding to data, making meaning out of data and transforming it into value.

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Standing in the Rip Current of the Algorithmic Economy with Closed Eyes

– by Gry Hasselbalch

How can we question the ethics of a service if we don’t have access to the details of how it is designed to act on data? How can we put a health warning on a product if we don’t know the ingredients?

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Panel debate with toymakers at EU Commission: Data Ethics in the Internet of Toys

TALKS & EVENTS: On 29th October representatives of toy companies and tech critics met to discuss the evolving Internet of Toys and the data ethical implications of this at the European Commission Safer Internet Forum. The fact that we are talking about data ethics with toy makers at this early stage of the development of an internet of toys is yet another symptom of the paradigm shift in business development where privacy and data ethics increasingly are perceived as competitive parameters.

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A toy that wants to “phone home”

– by Gry Hasselbalch

Toy manufacturers are today creating intelligent toys that remember, find patterns and respond to data from children. We need a data ethical approach to innovation in the development of an “Internet of Things” for children.

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Machines in school: One more version of “free”

– by Gry Hasselbalch

“If it’s free then you are the product”. This statement normally applies to consumers paying for online services with their data. Another version of this is developers using big industry machine learning technologies for free to build and create services they don’t own the real value of.

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Society of the Destiny Machine and the Algorithmic God (s)

– by Gry Hasselbalch, May 14 2015

Our destiny is a product. Fate is developed upon and innovated with. Fate is part of an actual machinery. It can be sold and traded with. Fate is something the Destiny Machine produces.

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Thoughts from panel discussion at GCCS 2015: Rethinking the social impact of new technologies

BLOG: I was recently on a panel with Erik Huizer, Philip Brey and Tom de Bok moderated by Dinand Tinholt. We were discussing the social implications of ‘new’ technologies e.i. robotics and AI.

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