On December 12, 2022, the Knight Institute will host an online panel discussion based on scholar David G. Robinson’s first book Voices in the Code. It is the story of how one community built a life-and-death algorithm in a relatively inclusive and accountable way. A diverse group of patients, surgeons, clinicians, data scientists, public officials, and advocates collaborated and compromised to build a new transplant matching algorithm for kidney donations. The book illustrates both the promise and the limits of participation, transparency, forecasting, and auditing of high-stakes software.
The public often finds algorithms to be complex, opaque, and intimidating—and it can be tempting to pretend that hard moral questions have simple technological answers. But that approach leaves technical experts holding the moral microphone, and it stops people who lack technical expertise from making their voices heard. This book talk will explore how policymakers and scholars are seeking better ways to share such moral decision-making.
Voices in the Code: A Story About People, Their Values, and the Algorithm They Made
- Katy Glenn Bass, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
- J. Nathan Matias, Cornell University; Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
- Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University; Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
- Deborah Raji, University of California, Berkeley; Mozilla
- David G. Robinson, University of California, Berkeley; Apple University
University of California, Berkeley; Apple University
Knight Institute Visiting Associate Research Scholar, 2022-2023; Cornell University
Knight Institute Visiting Senior Research Scientist 2022-2023; Princeton University
University of California, Berkeley; Mozilla