AI on social media: cultural impact and proposed solutions

Abstract: Social media platforms have an unprecedented impact on our culture, exacerbating existing social disparities and filtering our vision of the world. Unlike previous media, these platforms offer enormous possibilities to carry out analytical research. Given the wide availability of data, we can deepen our understanding of inequalities and take concrete actions to mitigate them. In this talk, I will present cultural paradigms that create detriment for the life of women, both online and offline. In particular, I will focus on the role of Artificial Intelligence, and specifically the impact that autonomous algorithms -pervasive on social media- have on women. I will propose a proactive research perspective to achieve positive cultural impact with AI.

Short bio: Piera Riccio is an ELLIS PhD student. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Media Engineering (2018, Politecnico di Torino), a Master’s degree in ICT for Smart Societies (2021, Politecnico di Torino), and a Master’s degree in Data Science and Engineering (2021, Télécom Paris – EURECOM). In 2020, she was an affiliate at Metalab (at) Harvard. In 2021, she was a research assistant at the Oslo Metropolitan University. In her research, she is interested in exploring the cultural, social, and artistic possibilities of AI. In her PhD, she focuses on the effect that social media have on the lives of women and the way they are perceived in the social media cultural ecosystem. Her supervisors are Nuria Oliver (ELLIS Alicante), Thomas Hofmann (ETH Zurich) and Francisco Escolano (Universidad de Alicante).

Presenter: Piera Ricco

Date: 2022-02-14 11:30 (CET)

Location: Salon de Grados Derecho, Carretera San Vicente del Raspeig s/n, San Vicente del Raspeig 03690, Alicante ES