Spending the close of the year writing code to schedule panels for a con, and thinking about how often we hear "that was the algorithm" when a computer replicates human bias, as if the computer made the choice.
The thing is, computers can't make choices. Humans make choices. Computers make decisions, using the choices we give them.
If we want them to make better decisions, we have to give them better choices.
@Annalee I think Ted Radio of Freaknomics did a show on this not long ago.
@Annalee Suddenly, the panelist references make perfect sense. I hope you are able to share this at some point. Scheduling is hard for the conferences I run. I'd love to figure out a better way than tasking program chairs who are often new to it.
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