Future of Information with Rumman Chowdhury
Doors open at 12:30 pm
Event starts promptly at 1:00 pm and will conclude by 3:00 pm.
The Surprising (Non-Robotic) Artificial Intelligence That’s Shaping the World
Every day, our lives and decisions are impacted by the algorithms of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Sometimes we’re aware, and sometimes we are not. On September 26, data scientist Dr. Rumman Chowdhury will share the social implications of AI built on biased information as well as her ideas on how communities can be a part of developing and using AI to improve equity and mobility for all.
The Reactor Panelists
Diana Nucera, aka Mother Cyborg, is an artist, educator, and community organizer that explores innovative technology with communities most impacted by the digital divide. Her specialty is developing popular education experiences, supported by dynamic documentation that empower communities to use media and technology as visionary tools. In 2009 Diana co-founded the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC).
In 2014 she founded the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP), a sponsored project of AMP. Through DTCP, Diana’s work has expanded community technology in Detroit through the Equitable Internet Initiative and in New York through the New America Foundation’s RISE: NYC Program.
Her latest publications include the Opening Data Zine and the Teaching Community Technology Handbook. Diana’s magical, musical alter ego, Mother Cyborg weaves her community organizing and education work into elaborate musical art, installations and performances. Currently, Mother Cyborg is creating on Automata, uncovering the nature of the Artificial Intelligence.
John F. Kwant leads Ford’s global efforts to partner with municipalities to identify urban mobility needs that inform its development of new mobility services, while working to create, pilot and implement new mobility solutions.
Prior to this, Kwant served as director of global strategy focused on Ford Smart Mobility initiatives. He worked for the company’s Asia Pacific group for more than 10 years, as director of Asia Pacific integration, director of international government affairs, regional vice president for government affairs, and as director of the strategy and business development and planning group.
Kwant joined Ford in 1999 to assist in business development, mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances surrounding internet distribution channel partners. He was founder and managing director of Ford Motor Company’s Venture Capital Group, serving on the boards of several of its holdings. Kwant was also director of business intelligence and corporate initiatives as part of automotive strategy.
About the Future of Information Initiative
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation invite you to join us in a year-long conversation on the Future of Information in communities.
Reliable sources of community information are critical for an informed and engaged society. The Future of Information series will connect national leaders in data and information science, first amendment policy and law, educational policy and information, and other topics with local residents who are concerned about how changes in information are impacting their communities and democracy.