“Technochauvinists” claim that using technology is always the highest and best solution. They often try to use technological knowledge to intimidate, influence, or bamboozle others. To detect and fight back against technochauvinism, you need to empower yourself with some basic knowledge about how hardware, software, and sexism work. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be prepared to speak and write about injustice in the high-tech world.
This interactive workshop introduces you to data journalism, the style of investigative journalism made famous by ProPublica or the Guardian Data Lab. Through hands-on activities, you’ll learn what artificial intelligence is and isn’t; how robots navigate the physical world; and why computers get things right but for the wrong reasons, and how this leads to inequality and social problems.
Your guides will be Meredith Broussard, a data journalism professor at New York University and author of the new book “Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World” and Miriam Peskowitz, author of “The Daring Book for Girls” and the forthcoming “Code Like a Girl.”