How it works: Artificial intelligence

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Meredith Broussard of New York University
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 8 at 9:00am
  • Location: Salon C
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Artificial intelligence is the hottest new frontier in computing — but what is AI, really? This session introduces you to the basics of AI, demystifying the fundamentals so you can understand what's real and what's still science fiction. 

We'll talk about the reasons you don't have to be afraid of killer robots, but you should worry about facial recognition and the ways that AI systems reinforce inequality. After the basics, we'll look at how AI can be used for investigative reporting. We'll answer questions like: how can you get started with AI for reporting? What can AI do for you in the newsroom, and what can't it do? What claims about AI should trigger your journalistic skepticism? 

This session is designed for people who have unanswered questions about AI, journalists who are curious about AI in the newsroom, and anyone who has wondered exactly why machine learning is such a big deal. 

Speaker Bios

  • Meredith Broussard is an assistant professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University and the author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. Her research focuses on artificial intelligence in investigative reporting, with a particular interest in using data analysis for social good. Follow her on Twitter @merbroussard or contact her via

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