Jack Bandy is a Ph.D. student in Northwestern's Technology and Social Behavior program.
I study technology's role in spreading stories. Unless you exclusively read the news on a physical newspaper, there are algorithms involved in choosing which stories you see. Whether you are visiting the New York Times homepage, browsing Facebook, or scrolling through Apple News, software systems play a role in curating your information. I study the different consequences of algorithms acting as gatekeepers in today's news ecosystem, and have a broad interest in the upsides and downsides of automation.
Here are a few questions that myself and others in related fields are thinking about:
- What happens when algorithms influence the news, movies, and music that we consume as a culture?
- Should an algorithm be used in context of law and justice, such as choosing where police cars patrol? What are the implications of using such an algorithm?
- How can we mitigate some of the negative impacts that new technology has on society? For example, how might we address human biases embedded in the training data and structure behind algorithms?
- How might we design algorithms that embed positive human values?
- Bandy, J., and Diakopoulos, N. "Auditing News Curation Systems: A Case Study Examining Algorithmic and Editorial Logic in Apple News." To Appear In Proceedings of the Fourteenth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2020). (Paper)
- Parker, C. S., Parsons, S., Bandy, J., Chapman, C., Coppens, F., and Seales, W. B. (2019). "From invisibility to readability: Recovering the ink of Herculaneum." PloS one 14.5 (2019): e0215775.. (Paper)
- Bandy, J., and Diakopoulos, N. (2019). "Getting to the Core of Algorithmic News Aggregators: Applying a Crowdsourced Audit to the Trending Stories Section of Apple News." In Computation and Journalism Symposium. (Paper) (Slides)
- Bandy, J. (2018). "Automation moderation: finding symbiosis with anti-human technology." In AI Matters, 3(4), 59-62. (Paper)
- Bandy, J., Knighten, J., and Payton, J. (2016, March). "Demonstrating HighFiveLive: A mobile application for recognizing symbolic gestures." In Pervasive Computing and Communication Workshops (PerCom Workshops), 2016 IEEE International Conference on (pp. 1-3). IEEE. (Paper)
Here are a few books, stories, and essays that have significantly influenced (and in most cases, guided) my thinking about human-computer interaction and/or life. I am always anxious to hear recommendations, so reach out if you have any!
- Technology and the Virtues by Shannon Vallor
- The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
- The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
- Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil
- The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry
- Technopoly by Neil Postman
- Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
- Informing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
- A Typical Day by Zach Bornstein
- The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race by Jared Diamond
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Not Without Us by Joseph Weizenbaum
Speeches, poems, etc.:
And some movies and television:
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