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We talk to technology creators, regulators and dreamers from around the world to learn how complex technologies may shape our environment and societies in the years to come.

The Algorithmic Futures Podcast Liz Williams and Zena Assaad

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We talk to technology creators, regulators and dreamers from around the world to learn how complex technologies may shape our environment and societies in the years to come.

    A look back, a look forward - Podcasting as a medium for collaboration and education, and a glimpse at the future of the Algorithmic Futures Podcast

    A look back, a look forward - Podcasting as a medium for collaboration and education, and a glimpse at the future of the Algorithmic Futures Podcast

    In this episode, co-hosts Zena and Liz share some of their experiences on creating podcast episodes in support of the Social Responsibility of Algorithms workshop series and discuss the potential futures of the Algorithmic Futures podcast. Along the way, they have a wide-ranging discussion covering everything from how assumptions get embedded in technologies deployed at scale to what it’s like being a woman working in a male-dominated STEM field.

    This episode was developed in support of the Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab, a collaboration between the Australian National University (ANU) Centre for European Studies, ANU School of Cybernetics, ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society, DIMACS at Rutgers University, and CNRS LAMSADE. The Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab is supported by an Erasmus+ Jean Monnet grant from the European Commission.

    • 44 min
    The future of water is digital, with Sam Yenamandra from Murrumbidgee Irrigation

    The future of water is digital, with Sam Yenamandra from Murrumbidgee Irrigation

    In today’s episode, we get a sense of what it’s like to manage a water system here in Australia with the help of our guest, Sam Yenamandra, the manager of Asset Performance at Murrumbidgee Irrigation. Murrumbidgee Irrigation has been going through something like a technological revolution for the past 20 years -- driven by the need to deliver water more efficiently and reliably, and provide greater flexibility to customers they serve. As you’ll hear from Sam, data is at the heart of this revolution. And what they’re doing now is only the start of a massive – and global – change in the way we feed our planet.
    This episode was put together by Hannah Feldman and Joseph Guillaume, both of whom are part of the ANU Institute for Water Futures. The ANU Institute for Water Futures collaboration includes the ANU School of Cybernetics and ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society.
    This episode was prepared in support of the Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab, a collaboration between the Australian National University (ANU) Centre for European Studies, ANU School of Cybernetics, ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society, DIMACS at Rutgers University, and CNRS LAMSADE. The Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab is supported by an Erasmus+ Jean Monnet grant from the European Commission.

    Disclaimers
    The European Commission support for the Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab does not constitute an endorsement of the contents of the podcast, which reflect the views only of the speakers or writers, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
    All information we present here is purely for your education and enjoyment and should not be taken as advice specific to your situation.
    Episode credits
    Hosts: Hannah Feldman, Joseph Guillaume, Zena Assaad, Liz Williams
    Producers: Hannah Feldman, Joseph Guillaume, Elizabeth Williams
    Sound editors: Hannah Feldman, Cyril Burchard
    A special thanks to Nicolas Paget from CIRAD for feedback on the narrative.
    For the episode transcript, visit https://algorithmicfutures.org/episode-7/

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Could COVID-19 influence our technological futures?

    Could COVID-19 influence our technological futures?

    In this episode, we explore the way technology scales in times of rapid change – such as the time in which we currently live. We’ll use a single piece of technology to shape our exploration: the South Australian Home Quarantine app. This was rolled out as a trial to enable home quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. The app was the focus of intense debate in Australia, and drew attention from commentators in the US, because it used facial recognition combined with GPS data to monitor participants in the program.
    We have a fantastic line-up of guests to help us explore this issue, including:
    Professor Peter Wells, Business and Sustainability, Cardiff University, UK Professor Angela Webster, Clinical Epidemiologist, Nephrologist and Transplant Physician, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney Dr Diego Silva, Senior Lecturer in Bioethics, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney Professor Mark Andrejevic, School of Media, Film, and Journalism at Monash University Associate Professor Gavin Smith, School of Sociology at the Australian National University Lizzie O’Shea - lawyer, writer, broadcaster and founder of Digital Rights Watch This episode was created by Amir Asadi, Ned Cooper, Memunat Ibrahim and Lorenn Ruster, who are part of the ANU School of Cybernetics 2021 PhD Cohort. Memunat and Lorenn narrate the story.

    This episode was inspired by work co-host Liz Williams has been doing on the Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab, a collaboration between the Australian National University (ANU) Centre for European Studies, ANU School of Cybernetics, ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society, DIMACS at Rutgers University, and CNRS LAMSADE. The Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab is supported by an Erasmus+ Jean Monnet grant from the European Commission.

    Disclaimers:
    The European Commission support for the Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab does not constitute an endorsement of the contents of the podcast or this webpage, which reflect the views only of the speakers or writers, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
    All information we present here is purely for your education and enjoyment and should not be taken as advice specific to your situation.
    Episode Credits:
    Hosts:
    Memunat Ibrahim
    Lorenn Ruster
    Liz Williams
    Zena Assaad
    Guests:
    Peter Wells
    Angela Webster
    Diego Silva
    Gavin Smith
    Mark Andrejevic
    Lizzie O’Shea
    Producers:
    Amir Asadi
    Ned Cooper
    Memunat Ibrahim
    Lorenn Ruster
    Liz Williams
     

    • 58 min
    AI policy approaches in Australia and the EU, with Katherine Daniell and Flynn Shaw

    AI policy approaches in Australia and the EU, with Katherine Daniell and Flynn Shaw

    In this episode, Katherine Daniell and Flynn Shaw from the Australian National University (ANU) join us to talk about the ways Australia and the EU governments approach artificial intelligence policy. This episode is designed to provide attendees of the Social Responsibility of Algorithms 2022 a brief overview of the approaches both sets of governments use to shape the present and future of artificial intelligence.
    Katherine is a professor in the ANU School of Cybernetics and Fenner School of Environment and Society, and Flynn is a researcher in the ANU School of Cybernetics. You can read more about Katherine here and Flynn here.
    This episode was inspired by work co-host Liz Williams has been doing on the Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab, a collaboration between the Australian National University (ANU) Centre for European Studies, ANU School of Cybernetics, ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society, DIMACS at Rutgers University, and CNRS LAMSADE. The Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab is supported by an Erasmus+ Jean Monnet grant from the European Commission.

    Disclaimers
    The European Commission support for the Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab does not constitute an endorsement of the contents of the podcast, which reflect the views only of the speakers or writers, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
    All information we present here is purely for your education and enjoyment and should not be taken as advice specific to your situation.
    Episode Credits
    Hosts: Liz Williams and Zena Assaad
    Guests: Katherine Daniell and Flynn Shaw
    Producers / Writers: Katherine Daniell, Flynn Shaw, Liz Williams
    Art selection: Zena Assaad

    • 27 min
    Banking pasts and futures, with Dan Jermyn of Commonwealth Bank

    Banking pasts and futures, with Dan Jermyn of Commonwealth Bank

    In this episode, we chat with Dan Jermyn, Chief Decision Scientist for Commonwealth Bank of Australia, about an artificial intelligence-enabled digital system the bank uses to communicate with its 15 million+ customers. As you’ll hear in the episode, Dan has a track record of leading teams involved in creating groundbreaking data-driven tools for the financial sector in both the UK and Australia. We invited him to join us today to talk about the Customer Engagement Engine or CEE – a system that uses customer data and artificial intelligence to help the bank communicate with its customers across all of its platforms. CEE is fast becoming a fundamental part of how CBA thinks about engaging with its customers, and is one example of how digital infrastructure with the capacity to connect data to action has the potential to shape the future. This episode was inspired by work co-host Liz Williams has been doing on the Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab, a collaboration between the Australian National University (ANU) Centre for European Studies, ANU School of Cybernetics, ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society, DIMACS at Rutgers University, and CNRS LAMSADE. The Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab is supported by an Erasmus+ Jean Monnet grant from the European Commission.
    Disclaimers
    The European Commission support for the Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab does not constitute an endorsement of the contents of the podcast or this webpage, which reflect the views only of the speakers or writers, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
    All information we present here is purely for your education and enjoyment and should not be taken as advice specific to your situation.
    Episode Credits
    Podcast Creator – Liz Williams
    Hosts – Zena Assaad, Liz Williams
    Guest – Dan Jermyn
    Producers – Zena Assaad, Liz Williams
    Assistant producer – Brenda Martin
    Episode artwork – Zena Assaad
    Audio editing – Liz Williams

    • 45 min
    Episode 3: Public trust and accountability in the digital age, with Pia Andrews

    Episode 3: Public trust and accountability in the digital age, with Pia Andrews

    In this episode, we chat with Pia Andrews, a self-described “open government, digital transformation and data geek” with a passion for making the world a better place.  She predominantly works in the public sector transforming public services, policies and culture through greater transparency, democratic engagement, citizen-centric design, open data and emerging technologies in the public sector and beyond. For more about Pia, visit her website, pipka.org.
    We invited Pia to join us today because she has been thinking deeply about how to create and use technology for public good for the last 20 years. She will also be presenting at Social Responsibility of Algorithms 2022, which is supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
    This episode was created in support of the Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab, a collaboration between the Australian National University (ANU) Centre for European Studies, ANU School of Cybernetics, ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society, DIMACS at Rutgers University, and CNRS LAMSADE. The Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab is supported by an Erasmus+ Jean Monnet grant from the European Commission.

    Disclaimers
    The European Commission support for the Algorithmic Futures Policy Lab does not constitute an endorsement of the contents of the podcast or this webpage, which reflect the views only of the speakers or writers, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
    All information we present here is purely for your education and enjoyment and should not be taken as advice specific to your situation.
    Episode credits
    Podcast Creator
    Liz Williams
    Hosts
    Zena Assaad
    Liz Williams
    Guest
    Pia Andrews
    Producers
    Zena Assaad
    Liz Williams
    Episode artwork
    Zena Assaad
    Audio editing
    Liz Williams
    Music
    Sourced from https://mixkit.co/ and https://pixabay.com/.

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