the southside group reads Louise Amoore's Cloud Ethics

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Online Location

We are a monthly discussion composed of George Mason faculty and students. We are open to anyone interested in participating in an eclectic and serious discussion of contemporary problems under the broad rubric of political economy. All events for the 2020-21 academic year will be held by Zoom at 8pm.

Matt Scherer, Steve Pearlstein, and Bassam Haddad are the principal organizers of the southside group. Our emails are on our respective George Mason faculty pages. Email Matt Scherer to be added to the mailing list for further details (mschere2@gmu.edu) and meeting links.

October 14 Louise Amoore, Cloud Ethics

https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.mutex.gmu.edu/lib/gmu/detail.action?docID=6147469

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://gmu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEofumhrzgiHNSkssl1Em1W1GUNIhcuNzqY

"In Cloud Ethics Louise Amoore examines how machine learning algorithms are transforming the ethics and politics of contemporary society. Conceptualizing algorithms as ethicopolitical entities that are entangled with the data attributes of people, Amoore outlines how algorithms give incomplete accounts of themselves, learn through relationships with human practices, and exist in the world in ways that exceed their source code. In these ways, algorithms and their relations to people cannot be understood by simply examining their code, nor can ethics be encoded into algorithms. Instead, Amoore locates the ethical responsibility of algorithms in the conditions of partiality and opacity that haunt both human and algorithmic decisions. To this end, she proposes what she calls cloud ethics—an approach to holding algorithms accountable by engaging with the social and technical conditions under which they emerge and operate."