Tech Talk (VBC/CDO)


Saturday, November 18, 2017


3:00 pm


Taylor Hall 203-Auditorium

Join Google's Debarghya "Deedy" Das for his lecture "Echo Chambers and More: When Machine Learning Goes Wrong" this Saturday, November 18th from 3-5 pm in Taylor 203. Advance RSVP on Handshake is encouraged, but not required.

The past few decades have seen a huge revolution in many aspects of technology. The near ubiquitous access to all the world's information in the palm of your hand has vastly affected how we perceive and process information and learn about the world. The way most of this information is consumed is through Google and Facebook, which uses artificial intelligence to power what they show. This creates a strange incentive imbalance where capitalist media organizations need clicks and views to make money, and aren't compensated for good journalism. Because it's so easy to create content, there's many more things out there on the internet competing for you, the users, attention. Facebook and Google attempt to sieve through this information and provide you with only what they think you want to read (contrast this to newspapers back in the day, where this choice didn't exist). As a result, we tend to see only things we want to. These "echo chambers" impede journalism's goal of providing you with an accurate view of the state of the world. Echo chambers are being blamed for Donald's Trump unexpected election as president.

This event is sponsored by Vassar Business Club, the Career Development Office, and the Computer Science Department.

Jannette Swanson

Career Development Office