Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci’s TED Talk from June 2016, “Machine intelligence makes human morals more important,” is available for viewing at www.ted.com. Searching her name will bring up both her most recent talk and her previous talk from 2014, “Online social change: easy to organize, hard to win.” In the 2016 talk, which had been viewed nearly 775,000 times in the month after its release online, Tufekci explains how intelligent machines can fail in ways we won’t expect and can’t anticipate, making human values and ethics more important than ever.
Tufekci continues to be a go-to source for media outlets looking for insights on the impact of social media and the growing influence of machine algorithms. She has written several timely New York Times op-eds this year including:
Tufekci also wrote about finding herself in the middle of a coup attempt earlier this year while visiting Turkey, where she is from originally in “How the Internet Saved Turkey’s Internet-Hating President”.
This story was originally published in the Fall 2016 SILS newsletter.