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WAIM Summer Conference 2022 trip report

Saiph Savage, one of the speakers at the WAIM Summer Conference, posted a nice summary of the event on her .

Announcing the WAIM Doctoral Research Fellows!

The  is delighted to announce the five WAIM Doctoral Research Fellows for the 2021-22 academic year. The Fellows were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, which was systematically reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of judges. Each Fellow will be supported with a $50,000 stipend to support the advancement of their dissertation research.

Using Work System Theory, Facets of Work, and Dimensions of Smartness to Characterize Applications and Impacts of AI

Type: Report
Author: Steven Alter
Year of Publishing: 2020
Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Algorithm, Work System Theory, Facets of Work, Dimensions of Smartness

This paper presents an approach for describing and characterizing al-gorithms that are discussed as though they embody artificial intelligence. After identifying key assumptions related to algorithms and summarizing work sys-tem theory (WST), this paper uses a hypothetical example to introduces aspects of WST and two additional ideas, facets of work and dimensions of smartness in devices and systems. Next, it applies those ideas to aspects of five AI-related examples presented by entrepreneurs and researchers at an MIT AI conference in July 2020.

JASIST Special Issue on “Artificial Intelligence and Work”

For this special issue of the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), we are calling for papers that advance the relationship between artificial Intelligence and work.


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  • From the National Academies: _Automated Research Workflows for Accelerated Discovery: Closing the Knowledge Discove… https://t.co/UZ0gRdS5Ev 7 months 4 weeks ago
  • From the South China Morning Post: Chinese scientist Yan Ning denies AI took her job in US and forced her back home: https://t.co/VtYqaPzuqE 7 months 4 weeks ago
  • From Futurism: CNET’s AI Journalist Appears to Have Committed Extensive Plagiarism: https://t.co/GOI6pxUIwK 8 months 4 days ago
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  • From Nieman Labs: The AI Content Flood: https://t.co/DUstqswl8z 8 months 2 weeks ago
  • From Startup Daily: An expert explains why the AI-driven writing skills of OpenAi’s new ChatGPT chatbot are so impr… https://t.co/w32UmblnCp 8 months 2 weeks ago
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  • From Stanford HCAI: Stanford CRFM Introduces PubMedGPT 2.7B: https://t.co/m8GT9V55GW 8 months 2 weeks ago
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