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Facebook ‘Friendship’ and Predicting the Future with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

March 08, 2022 University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies
Facebook ‘Friendship’ and Predicting the Future with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
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The Good Robot
Facebook ‘Friendship’ and Predicting the Future with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
Mar 08, 2022
University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies

In this episode, we chat with Professor Wendy Chun, who is Simon Fraser University's Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media. As both an expert in Systems Design Engineering and English Literature, her extraordinary analysis of contemporary digital media bridges the humanities and STEM sciences to think through some of the most pressing technical and conceptual issues in technology today.  Wendy discusses her most recent book, Discriminating Data, where she explains what is actually happening in AI systems that people claim can predict the future, why facebook friendship has forced the idea that friendship is bidirectional, and how technology is being built on the principle of homophily, the idea that similarity breeds connection.  

This episode includes an ad for the What Next|TBD podcast. 

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In this episode, we chat with Professor Wendy Chun, who is Simon Fraser University's Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media. As both an expert in Systems Design Engineering and English Literature, her extraordinary analysis of contemporary digital media bridges the humanities and STEM sciences to think through some of the most pressing technical and conceptual issues in technology today.  Wendy discusses her most recent book, Discriminating Data, where she explains what is actually happening in AI systems that people claim can predict the future, why facebook friendship has forced the idea that friendship is bidirectional, and how technology is being built on the principle of homophily, the idea that similarity breeds connection.  

This episode includes an ad for the What Next|TBD podcast.