NIPS 2016 Symposium on People and machines: Public views on machine learning, and what this means for machine learning researchers
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Symposium organizers: Susannah Odell · Peter Donnelly · Jessica Montgomery · Sabine Hauert · Zoubin Ghahramani · Katherine Gorman
Susannah Odell: Public perception surveys and storytelling for professional communication
(missed the first part of this talk and its title!)
- 9% of people in the UK have even heard of the term "machine learning"
- …but 70% have heard of computers that could understand human language and could answer human questions
- …and 75% have heard of driverless vehicles.
- 75% get information from mainstream media (tabloids?),
- 21% get info from entertainment (Westworld? Black Mirror?)
But they do see applications.
Where do people think machine learning could be helpful?
- For doctors
- Improving education
- Tackle global challenges
- Aging population
People have questions and concerns about machine learning
- Algorithms should be safe and trustworthy
- People want to know that they won't be replaced by machines
- They don't want these algorithms to be making decisions that could have a real impact on their life, or label them in a way that prevents them from doing something down the life
How can we address these concerns?
- Connecting directly with the public (see what the Royal Society is doing)
- WE are the ones who need to be helping! Expert view, demystifying technology. Talk to people: policy makers, users, future generation, investors, taxpayers, funding agencies.
If you engage with the public in a human-readable format (such as a blog post), it makes your research more visible.
- Blog posts have high visibility because they become the main point of communication
- Research is more accurately portrayed
- Helps with citations
- Increases opportunities (speaking, …)
- Growing your network
- Helps you understand your field, shape your own ideas, practice communication skills
- Allows you to raise funding
- Have your opinion heard
There are a tremendous number of reasons to be communicators.
And there are a tremendous number of reasons why we don't do it.
- We don't know how to use modern communication tools;
- Communicating effectively is a time sink;
- Don't have a platform (tools like Twitter help with this)
What can you do to make your own document more human-readable?
- Video conferences
- Increase diversity