Published By: New York Times, 1/13/2017
“Sight Machine”, a performance piece by Trevor Paglen, uses AI to generate a live image mapping of musicians as they play. The algorithm involves movement-analysis techniques common in automated surveillance. By showing how machines see movement, Paglen hopes to highlight the distinct divide between how AIs and humans perceive things — and how that might affect computer-aided decision-making.
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level of Article: 10
Extended Discussion Questions
- The article mentions ways that AI algorithms impact our everyday lives, for example in “smart meters” at highway toll plazas.
- Can you give some other examples of algorithms that are part of our everyday lives?
- How do those algorithms perceive you? In other words, what information do they identify as important?
- Paglen predicts that algorithms will probably soon use your posts on social media to determine your credit rating and what insurance you get.
- What are some advantages of using AI in this way?
- What are some disadvantages or risks?
Relating This Story to the CSP Curriculum Framework
Global Impact Learning Objectives:
- LO 7.1.1 Explain how computing innovations affect communication, interaction, and cognition.
- LO 7.3.1 Analyze the beneficial and harmful effects of computing.
- LO 7.4.1 Explain the connections between computing and real-world contexts, including economic, social, and cultural contexts.
Global Impact Essential Knowledge:
- EK 7.1.1J Sensor networks facilitate new ways of interacting with the environment and with physical systems.
- EK 7.3.1A Innovations enabled by computing raise legal and ethical concerns.
Other CSP Big Ideas:
- Idea 1 Creativity
- Idea 4 Algorithms
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