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I’m Not Afraid of AI Overlords— I’m Afraid of Whoever’s Training Them To Think That Way

Tweet I’m Not Afraid of AI Overlords— I’m Afraid of Whoever’s Training Them To Think That Way by Damien P. Williams I want to let you in on a secret: According to Silicon Valley’s AI’s, I’m not human. Well, maybe they think I’m human, but they don’t think I’m me. Or, if they think I’m me and that I’m human, they think I don’t deserve expensive medical...

Video and Transcript: “Why AI Research Needs Disabled and Marginalized Perspectives”

Tweet Hello Everyone. Here is my prerecorded talk for the NC State R.L. Rabb Symposium on Embedding AI in Society.  There are captions in the video already, but I’ve also gone ahead and C/P’d the SRT text here, as well. There were also two things I meant to mention, but failed to in the video: 1) The history of facial recognition and carceral...

Master and Servant: Disciplinarity and the Implications of AI and Cyborg Identity

Tweet Much of my research deals with the ways in which bodies are disciplined and how they go about resisting that discipline. In this piece, adapted from one of the answers to my PhD preliminary exams written and defended two months ago, I “name the disciplinary strategies that are used to control bodies and discuss the ways that bodies resist those...

‘Star Trek: Picard’ and The Admonition: Misapprehensions Through Time

Tweet I recently watched all of Star Trek: Picard, and while I was definitely on board with the vast majority of it, and extremely pleased with certain elements of it, some things kind of bothered me. And so, as with much of the pop culture I love, I want to spend some time with the more critical perspective, in hopes that it’ll be taken as an opportunity...

Audio, Transcript, and Slides from “SFF and STS: Teaching Science, Technology, and Society via Pop Culture”

Tweet Below are the slides, audio, and transcripts for my talk “SFF and STS: Teaching Science, Technology, and Society via Pop Culture” given at the 2019 Conference for the Society for the Social Studies of Science, in early September. (Cite as: Williams, Damien P. “SFF and STS: Teaching Science, Technology, and Society via Pop Culture,” talk given...

Audio, Transcripts, and Slides from “Any Sufficiently Advanced Neglect is Indistinguishable from Malice”

Tweet Below are the slides, audio, and transcripts for my talk ‘”Any Sufficiently Advanced Neglect is Indistinguishable from Malice”: Assumptions and Bias in Algorithmic Systems,’ given at the 21st Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, back in May 2019. (Cite as: Williams, Damien P. ‘”Any Sufficiently Advanced Neglect is Indistinguishable...

Heavenly Bodies: Why It Matters That Cyborgs Have Always Been About Disability, Mental Health, and Marginalization

Tweet [This is a in-process pre-print of an as-yet-published paper, a version of which was presented at the Gender, Bodies, and Technology 2019 Conference.] INTRODUCTION The history of biotechnological intervention on the human body has always been tied to conceptual frameworks of disability and mental health, but certain biases and assumptions have...

2017 SRI Technology and Consciousness Workshop Series Final Report

Tweet So, as you know, back in the summer of 2017 I participated in SRI International’s Technology and Consciousness Workshop Series. This series was an eight week program of workshops the current state of the field around, the potential future paths toward, and the moral and social implications of the notion of conscious machines. To do this, we brought...

“Consciousness and Conscious Machines: What’s At Stake?”

Tweet [This paper was prepared for the 2019 Towards Conscious AI Systems Symposium co-located with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence 2019 Spring Symposium Series. Much of this work derived from my final presentation at the 2017 SRI Technology and Consciousness Workshop Series: “Science, Ethics, Epistemology, and Society:...

Of Predictive Algorithms and Emojis

Tweet We do a lot of work and have a lot of conversations around here with people working on the social implications of technology, but some folx sometimes still don’t quite get what I mean when I say that our values get embedded in our technological systems, and that the values of most internet companies, right now, are capitalist brand engagement...

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