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Wendy Hui Kyong Chun on Facebook ‘Friendship’ and Predicting the Future

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun on Facebook ‘Friendship’ and Predicting the Future

Update: 2022-03-08
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In this episode, we chat with Professor Wendy Chun, who is Simon Fraser University's Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media. As both an expert in Systems Design Engineering and English Literature, her extraordinary analysis of contemporary digital media bridges the humanities and STEM sciences to think through some of the most pressing technical and conceptual issues in technology today.  Wendy discusses her most recent book, Discriminating Data, where she explains what is actually happening in AI systems that people claim can predict the future, why facebook friendship has forced the idea that friendship is bidirectional, and how technology is being built on the principle of homophily, the idea that similarity breeds connection.  

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Wendy Hui Kyong Chun on Facebook ‘Friendship’ and Predicting the Future

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun on Facebook ‘Friendship’ and Predicting the Future

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