• When: Tuesday 21 September 2021 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Admission: Admission Free
  • Booking: Booking required
  • Venue Name: Blackridge Library (Craig Inn)


Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of social media? Messages flying backwards and forwards, Tweets endlessly retweeted, quoted, shared, and hashtags multiplying with every new post. Social media companies and other online platforms have recently been criticised for the way they handle cases of abuse and hate speech. But how easy is such language to identify? And how can we analyse online speech and behaviour patterns? The sea of information is endless!

As part of the Borrow a Researcher series, Gavin Abercrombie will examine the challenges and difficulties of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) for moderation of online content, and discuss the technical, social, and ethical issues that we face in dealing with this problem. Join us for this talk and Q&A session – where you can ask questions and learn more about these devices and platforms that govern our everyday lives!

Bio: Gavin Abercrombie is a Research Associate at Heriot-Watt University in Natural Language Processing, the branch of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that examines how to automatically make sense of human language. He is currently working on abuse detection and gender biases in conversational voice assistants.

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