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Artificial Intelligence & Libraries: Prepare Yourself

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A huge thank you to Lise Brin. Program Officer / Agente de programme @ Canadian Association of Research Libraries/Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada for compiling this list of pertinent, thought-jarring items on #artificialintelligence and the implication for #libraries. We’ll be discussing this @ CFLA-FCAB’s National Forum, May 2nd in Regina (co-located with Sasktachewan’s Library Conference). Read, reflect, and ready yourself to provide input and inform the CFLA-FCAB Board for positioning libraries in the age of #AI.

TheConversation.com

1 How can Indigenous knowledge shape our view of AI? (Karina Kesserwan, Policy Options, February 16, 2018)

 

2. Bias already exists in search engine results, and it’s only going to get worse (J. Snow, MIT Technology Review, February 26, 2018)

3. Here’s how Canada can be a global leader in ethical AI (F. McKelvie & A. Gupta, The Conversation, February 22, 2018)

 

4. Libraries in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Ben Johnson, Information Today, January 2018)

5. Artificial intelligence and the library of the future, revisited (Catherine Nicole Coleman, Stanford Libraries Digital Library Blog, November 3, 2017)

6. The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions (Rodney Brooks, MIT Technology Review, October 6, 2017)

7. Who Trained Your A.I.? (April Glazer, Slate, October 2017)

 

8. The AI-Enhanced Library (Norman Jacknis, Medium, June 21, 2017)

9. How libraries might change when AI, Machine learning, open data, block chain & other technologies are the norm (Aaron Tan, April 9, 2017)

10. What happens to libraries and librarians when machines can

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Ethical AI: What Will That Look Like for Libraries?

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At a January 2018 Girl Geeks Toronto event on Ethical AI, we listened to 3 articulate, brilliant women discuss the engineering feats and ethical vulnerabilities of current and near-future artificial intelligence. The recording is very high-quality, and I encourage you to grab a hot beverage and watch it – and listen. Listen very carefully. Inmar Givoni (Autonomy Engineering Manager at Uber Advanced Technologies Group), Karen Bennet (VP Engineering at Cerebri AI) and Anna Goldenberg (Member of the Vector Institute, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Department of Computer Science, and Scientist at the Genetics and Genome Biology Lab at SickKids Research Institute), each focus on different areas of engineering and may not share common experiences or opinions. But one thing they do agree on is that it is a problem that ethical and societal policies regarding AI are not keeping pace with the technologies. Not keeping pace! These policies aren’t even in place in Canada. There’s no point in pointing fingers or wringing hands; we need to grasp hands and join in leading the way.

It’s no secret that I am intrigued and concerned about the impact of artificial intelligence on public and academic libraries. It’s one of the reasons I’m involved in planning CFLA-FCAB’s first National Forum in Regina on May 2, 2018. Whether you agree that AI will bring significant shifts to the library landscape, you no doubt think about the shifts AI is and will bring to your communities, your life and our campuses and

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