Jurgen Vinju and Joost Batenburg (CWI) and Sander Klous (UvA) on Predictable Algorithms
Amsterdam Data Science Senior Researchers: Jurgen Vinju and Joost Batenburg from CWI, and Sander Klous from UvA, in the news talking on the subject of ‘Predictable Algorithms‘.
Your ‘phone already knows what you’re doing this weekend, but is your partner aware? Why don’t you qualify for that job? Or your loan application is rejected, could that be because an algorithm did not suit you?
These questions are investigated in the ‘EenVandaag’ summer series: The Predictable Man.
Everyone comes unconsciously into contact with algorithms daily. Algorithms are computer programs that can search for large amounts of data. By interpreting these large amounts of data, they can see patterns or draw conclusions that are impossible for humans. In the meanwhile, they determine which ads are on which sites, they predict crime rates through profiling and set the efficiency targets that employees should adhere to.
Jurgen Vinju (CWI) warns of their use: “Algorithms often use many prejudices that you do not perceive yourself…. ”
In the future, the influence of algorithms will only increase…
Sander Klous (UvA): “We are at a turning point. If we do not quickly make rules, we will get software that will judge you, without knowing that it does, and especially what it does.”
The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and Data Science Center (DSC) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) are joining forces in a new joint fellowship for (teams of) researchers interested in exploring the intersection of data science and other disciplines. The first fellow of the new program, Dr. Davide Ceolin, will start his fellowship at the IAS on June 17. Ceolin is currently affiliated with CWI.
Nanda Piersma, lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), has been appointed as a crown member of the Social and Economic Counsil (SER). This is the first time that a lecturer has been appointed as member of the SER. Nanda Piersma was approached because of her expertise in the field of digitisation.
The ADS Thesis Awards aim to promote excellence in Data Science and AI from students at BSc and Master level. The Awards are open to students from all Amsterdam-based knowledge institutes.