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OII Colloquia: Powering Collective Action with Artificial Intelligence

Date & Time:
16:30 - 17:30,
Tuesday 26 November, 2019


State of the art systems fall short at helping people to execute ambitious goals. For instance, creating new infrastructure to support the indoor navigation of the blind. The main challenge is that citizens have heterogeneous knowledge. As a consequence, they usually lack the skills to complete the work needed to reach the collective goals. To address this problem, I introduce a novel architecture conformed of Intelligent Civic Blocks. My Civic Blocks use artificial intelligence to: 1) help citizens to build at execution time the skills they need to complete the work of a collective effort; 2) empower citizens to become entrepreneurs and find new solutions to collective problems. In this talk, I will present case-studies showcasing how my architecture can lead to collective action in a range of areas. My research enables anyone to orchestrate collective action to create their envisioned societies.

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  • Name: Dr Saiph Savage
  • Affiliation: West Virginia University
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  • Bio: Saiph Savage directs the HCI Lab at WVU where she conducts data analysis to understand how collective action is organized. She then uses these findings to design crowdsourcing systems that can power citizen crowds to produce collective action to build improved democracies. Saiph is currently a visiting professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and adjunct professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She holds a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from UNAM, a masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has worked at Microsoft Bing and Intel Labs.