IB TOK class: Workers demand gig economy companies explain their algorithms
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Key terms and ideas Truth, Secret, The system, Kafkaesque, Algorithmic management practices, Open and transparent
Investigating Issues AI
Click to read the article below and then answer the questions:
Although the focus of this article is on business, the use of algorithms impacts on almost every aspect of life, so exploring how significant decisions are made by artificial intelligence programs is of huge importance and relevance.
What is going on, and why are many workers of companies such as Uber, Amazon, Glovo and Deliveroo unhappy?
What are the moral implications of machines making decisions with no human agency involved?
Does this herald the beginning of even more important decisions made automatically — such as ambulances sent (or not sent) to our houses?
What aspects of life — both within business and beyond it — should remain in the hands of humans?
Can we call something ‘knowledge’ when no human can explain how it has been produced?
Michael Dunn, theoryofknowledge.net
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