“Set the market and work when and how you like. You have complete control.” At least that is what gig economy companies like Uber would have you believe. In this episode of Innovation For All Podcast, Sheana speaks with Marshall Steinbaum, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Utah, to talk about the pitfalls of the gig economy. Find out how employers can have control over the workforce without being a monopoly and how gig workers may be getting the short end of the stick.
Marshall Steinbaum is a Research Director and a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute where he researches market power and inequality. He has worked for the Center for Equitable Growth and had a Ph.D from the University of Chicago. He has written an SSRN anti-trust gig economy and labor article and appears the book The President’s House is Empty: Losing and Gaining Public Goods.
What’s really in online terms of service that we agree to? Nate Beard joins Sheana to talk about where these terms of service come from and what’s in them. Find out what rights we may be sacrificing while using social media platforms in this episode of the Innovation For All Podcast.
For technology designers and developers interested in getting involved in ethical technology solutions, Nate highly recommends Ben Green’s recent article: Data Science as Political Action: Grounding Data Science in a Politics of Justice: https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1811/1811.03435.pdf
Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy. Nathan Schneider
Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet. Edited by Nathan Schneider and Trebor Scholz.
Shoshana Zuboff at Data&Society: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6b9DhGgVJc (Note: starting at min 47:12 Dr. Zuboff talks about “solutions” and provides a good framework to think about moving forward in the face of seemingly gloomy/hopeless technological development.)
How can we build a more inclusive and productive workforce? In this episode of the Innovation For All podcast, Sheana speaks with Katherine Zaleski, one of the founders of Power To Fly. Katherine shares how PowerToFly is completely reinventing the traditional hiring process to companies bring more women into the workplace and become more inclusive.
AI and Machine Learning systems are quickly becoming an integral part of how we work with, understand, and socialize with each other. Although this new technology is extremely exciting and offers a new wave of technological advancement, with it comes many ethical issues concerning discrimination, undermining human emotion, breaking social contracts and more.
Sheana Ahlqvist talks to Josh Lovejoy, Principal Design Manager at Microsoft, specializing in the Ethics and Society sector. Josh believes that human-centered design thinking can change the world for the better; that by seeking to address the needs of people- especially those at the margins- in ways that respect, restore and augment their capabilities, we can invent forms of technological innovation that would have otherwise been invisible.
IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR:
Why do corporations want to know what people are thinking and feeling?
Forming trust relationships using AI systems.
What is a design ethicist?
What kinds of things can impartial AI autonomous systems do better than humans.
How do autonomous AI systems take advantage of consumers?
What is predictive policing and how does it relate to AI ethics?
What are some examples of misapplications of Machine Learning systems.
What is a deepfake?
What is a mean opinion score and how does it apply to voice automation?
Josh’s opinion on how AI tools should be developed.
What happens when you give up personal data in exchange for a more personalized experience?
Who should have the authority to make consequential decisions about AI?
How will AI and Machine Learning systems shape our knowledge and create change for the future?
How do you create machine learning systems that are unbiased but still function effectively for the user?
How does Google make successful products when their users are infinitely diverse? Head of Product and Business Inclusion at Google, Reena Jana, shares in this episode the ways that this tech giant takes an inclusive approach to serve its users and be sensitive to different cultural norms. Reena shares how some of Google’s best products were modified and improved through inclusive design and research practices. She describes the innovative AI technology that Google is using to help with product inclusion and make the products better for everyone who uses them. She also shares with Sheana some of the challenges they’ve faced along the way.