Uni of Stirling

Looking into the black mirror

Artificial intelligence, social media, the digital economy, platform capitalism, open data – you’ve probably heard all or most of these phrases many times. But how much do you really know about them? Image and sound recognition might offer advances in fields from medical diagnosis to crime and security, but do you know how computer programmes learn to recognise, for example, faces and voices?

Smartphones and smarthomes bring instant connectivity and remote control, but they can also both shape our expectations and capacities for action, and turn us into sources of data for companies we may not even know exist. You may decide you are happy to trade your data in return for the undoubted benefits digital technologies offer, but have you also thought about other pay-offs, including energy costs and social impacts? Come along to this session for a chance to discuss these ideas (and more …).