Re: [Wikimedia-l] Join my Reddit AMA about Wikipedia and ethical, transparent AI

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Join my Reddit AMA about Wikipedia and ethical, transparent AI

Aaron Halfaker-3
The AMA is live.  Here's the link:
https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/6epiid/im_the_principal_research_scientist_at_the/

On Wed, May 24, 2017 at 10:13 AM, Aaron Halfaker <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> Hey everybody,
>
> TL;DR: I wanted to let you know about an upcoming experimental Reddit AMA
> ("ask me anything") chat we have planned. It will focus on artificial
> intelligence on Wikipedia and how we're working to counteract vandalism
> while also making life better for newcomers.
>
> We plan to hold this chat on June 1st at 21:00 UTC/14:00 PST in the
> /r/iAMA subreddit[1]. I'd love to answer any questions you have about these
> topics questions, and I'll send a follow-up email to this thread shortly
> before the AMA begins.
>
> ----
>
> For those who don't know who I am, I create artificial intelligences[2]
> that support the volunteers who edit Wikipedia[3]. I've been fascinated by
> the ways that crowds of volunteers build massive, high quality information
> resources like Wikipedia for over ten years.
>
> For more background, I research and then design technologies that make it
> easier to spot vandalism in Wikipedia—which helps support the hundreds of
> thousands of editors who make productive contributions. I also think a lot
> about the dynamics between communities and new users—and ways to make
> communities inviting and welcoming to both long-time community members and
> newcomers who may not be aware of community norms.  For a quick sampling of
> my work, check out my most impactful research paper about Wikipedia[3],
> some recent coverage of my work from *Wired*[4], or check out the master
> list of my projects on my WMF staff user page[5], the documentation for the
> technology team I run[9], or the home page for Wikimedia Research[8].
>
> This AMA, which I'm doing with with the Foundation's Communications
> department, is somewhat of an experiment. The intended audience for this
> chat is people who might not currently be a part of our community but have
> questions about the way we work—as well as potential research collaborators
> who might want to work with our data or tools. Many may be familiar with
> Wikipedia but not the work we do as a community behind the scenes.
>
> I'll be talking about the work I'm doing with the ethics of AI and how we
> think about artificial intelligence on Wikipedia, and ways we’re working to
> counteract vandalism on the world’s largest crowdsourced source of
> knowledge—like the ORES extension[6], which you may have seen highlighting
> possibly problematic edits on your watchlist and in RecentChanges.
>
> I’d love for you to join this chat and ask questions.  If you do not or
> prefer not to use Reddit, we will also be taking questions on ORES'
> MediaWiki talk page[7] and posting answers to both threads.
>
> 1. https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/
> 2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_intelligence
> 2. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/ORES
> 3. http://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~halfak/publications/The_Rise_
> and_Decline/halfaker13rise-preprint.pdf
> 4. https://www.wired.com/2015/12/wikipedia-is-using-ai-to-
> expand-the-ranks-of-human-editors/
> 5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Halfak_(WMF)
> 6. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:ORES
> 7. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:ORES
> 8. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research
> 9. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Scoring_Platform_team
>
> -Aaron
> Principal Research Scientist @ WMF
> User:EpochFail / User:Halfak (WMF)
>
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