1st Aarhus Conference on Algorithmic Decision Making

March 23, 2022 - March 24, 2022
Department of Philosophy and the History of Ideas, Aarhus University

Meeting room 1
Frederik Nielsens Vej 2-4
Aarhus 8000

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  • The Carlsberg Foundation


Aarhus University
University of Toronto, St. George Campus (PhD)
Northeastern University
University of Oxford
Cambridge University
Utrecht University
Danish National Centre for Ethics
University of Wisconsin, Madison


Aarhus University
Aalborg University (PhD)
Aarhus University

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Algorithms based on machine learning techniques are increasingly used for decision making in many different social contexts. For instance, algorithms screen job applicants, they recommend medical treatment, and they shape people`s online experiences through personalisation systems.

While such decision tools have the potential to enhance precision and cut costs by supporting or even replacing human decision makers, it is by no means a free lunch. For due to their architecture, the relevant class of algorithms make decisions in ways that are highly opaque to the human mind.

This raises a thorny trade-off between accuracy and explainability that we must learn to navigate. The 1st Aarhus Conference on Algorithmic Decision Making explores this trade-off, as well as other philosophical and practical questions that arise in the pursuit of the values of algorithmic decision making.

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March 13, 2022, 11:45pm CET

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