RSS and Turing Institute join forces at Cheltenham Festival

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The Royal Statistical Society and the Alan Turing Institute will hold a joint event on algorithms at this year's Cheltenham Science Festival.

The panel discussion, 'Does the algorithm know best?' will be held on the Thursday 8 June at the festival, which this year runs 6-11 June. It will take place at The Crucible, located near Cheltenham Town Square's Imperial Gardens (pictured) from 4.45-5.45pm.

RSS executive director Hetan Shah chairs a panel discussion with Jeni Tennison (CEO of Open Data Institute), Luciano Floridi (Turing Faculty Fellow and Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at University of Oxford), and Sue Daley (Big data expert TechUK), who will discuss how algorithms dominate our society, and whether companies and government need to do more to explain how they work. Questions covered will include: How fair is it that a computer algorithm can determine the news you read, the search results you get, whether you are hired for a job, and even if you are likely to commit a crime? Can computers potentially make better decisions than humans?

Hetan Shah commented:
“How we make algorithms our servants and not our masters is a key question of the day, and so we are delighted to partner with the Alan Turing Institute to debate this issue.”

Luciano Floridi, panellist and Chair of The Alan Turing Institute’s Data Ethics Group, commented:
“The question of how algorithms make decisions about us is important to everyone with a stake in today’s digital society, and I look forward to joining the panel at Cheltenham to discuss the issues.”

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