[LI] Farmers “prisoners” to tech; “democratize” AI

Two items on who controls technological development and tools, posted to LinkedIn in March and April 2018. I also see an important issue of path dependency – where we are today, and the choices we have, are a function of decisions & actions yesterday. So, what should we be alert to in choices being made today?

America’s Farmers Are Becoming Prisoners to Agriculture’s Technological Revolution: Big data, proprietary systems, and restrictive EULA agreements threaten farmers, but the right to repair movement shows they are fighting back,” Rian Wanstreet, MotherBoard, 8 March 2018 (posted March 2018)

Might consider this as a warning concerning where development of “AI” may go. Could there have been other paths that development of use of big data and technology for ag might have taken? Interesting to note reactions by farmers today, but if they could go back say 5 or 10 years, what might they propose be inserted into the developing system that would make a difference now?

Democratize Artificial Intelligence today for a better future tomorrow,” Aadhar Sharma, Raamesh Gowri Raghavan, & Sukant Khurana, Medium.com, 21 January 2018 (posted 3 April 2018)

Important, IMO, to keep in mind that the ways we develop capacities under the heading “AI” today condition options for its development tomorrow – “path dependency.” We should be asking more questions today re “whose AI?” & how to democratize its use.


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