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My talk on caring AIs in recent sci-fi novels

I’m giving a talk at an actual f2f academic conference today, Critical Borders, Radical Re(visions) of AI, in Cambridge. I was particularly excited to see this conference because it’s organised by the people who edited AI Narratives A History of … Continue reading

19. October 2021 by Jill
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Google is your first reader: How to write an academic paper that machines can easily read

Put your main concept in the first part of your title, not in the subtitle. Use the format “X is [simple definition]” in your abstract. Use images and be aware that the first image will be used in many previews, … Continue reading

26. March 2021 by Jill
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Energy marking for privacy?

I’m attending a two-day digital meeting of Personvernskommisjonen, the privacy commission tasked with surveying the state of privacy in Norway and recommending policy for the future. We just had professor of ICT and private law, Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, visit for … Continue reading

09. March 2021 by Jill
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Exhibition setup!

OK, this is extremely exciting: the University Museum is making an exhibition about research in our Machine Vision in Everyday Life project! They’ve been working on it for months, and COVID has made everything look very iffy, but now it … Continue reading

26. February 2021 by Jill
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Can I blog my way out of my pandemic slump?

I’m going to try to start blogging again, as a way to make myself more accountable to myself. I used to use my blog as a research journal, writing little bits and pieces and saving links and stray thoughts, and … Continue reading

25. February 2021 by Jill
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Robot mothers: The Mother Code

I’m fascinated by fleshy, emotional ideas about AI and robots. A lot of recent science fiction I’ve been reading explores this: what would a sentient, emotional AI be like? How would they experience the world? What would their material form … Continue reading

25. February 2021 by Jill
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Forskning på nedkjølingseffekten og personvern (Lit. review of research on the chilling effect and privacy)

I’m a member of Personvernskommisjonen, a committee appointed by the Norwegian government to write a report that assesses the state of current privacy regulations and practices and gives recommendations on policies to meet current challenges to privacy (here is our … Continue reading

18. January 2021 by Jill
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VR Narratives: A Workshop in VR, about VR

Now that I have a VR headset at home I’m both enjoying VR experiences and I’m exploring social interaction in VR spaces. I’ll write more about the pros and cons of VR meetings vs Zoom later, but right now I … Continue reading

26. July 2020 by Jill
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Can an algorithm feel emotion?

I gave a talk at the Moral Machines symposium in Helsinki last year, and just heard that a revised version of the talk will be published in an anthology tentatively titled The Ethos of Digital Environments: Technology, Literary Theory and … Continue reading

25. June 2020 by Jill
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Situated Data Analysis

My latest paper, “Situated data analysis: a new method for analysing encoded power relationships in social media“, started out as an analysis of the data visualisations in Strava, but ended up as something more ambitious: a method that I think … Continue reading

22. June 2020 by Jill
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