DS 495 Chapter 1 Response
Meredith Broussard is a professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. She also is a Data Journalist, and an author. Her work focuses on artificial intelligence in journalism, and how we can use data analysis for good. Much of her published works revolve around current social events, and solving social problems.
Artificial unintelligence is the idea that intelligent humans rely on intelligent technology in an unintelligent manner. Too often in society, we see people using technology to solve issues that technology isn’t good at solving. Things that could be solved using emotional skills for example. This is an unintelligent use of technology and only hurts progress in the long run.
Techno-chauvinism is the belief that technology is always the solution. Broussard is strongly against that belief. Broussard states that she thinks technology is only needed, if it is necessary for the task at hand. If we try and force the metaphorical square peg of technology into the circle hole of our problems, it just wont fit.
I see a connection in her stances with techno-chauvinism and some of the work I have done with digital studies. The idea that we can’t just throw technology at issues and hope it is fixed. This minor teaches us to use our emotional intelligence and other learned skills, combined with technology, to solve issues.
I see her work illustrates how us digital studies minors, connect technology to events in the real world. Just as she reports on testing in schools, we practice designing posters for a food bank. The much needed connection of technology to public interest. I believe that if we digital studies minors can actually rely less on technology when it comes to certain situations, and rely on technology when needed, we can avoid this issue of Artificial Unintelligence. This will greatly benefit the students of this minor, as they will be socially equipped to handle certain issues, and technologically equipped to handle certain issues.