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.