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Unanticipated Metadata in the Age of the Net & the Age of AI

Unanticipated Metadata in the Age of the Net & the Age of AI

March 2023

This excerpt from Dr. David Weinberger served as the opening keynote presentation for the 2023 NISO Plus Conference, and is entitled "Unanticipated Metadata in the Age of the Net & the Age of AI."

Dr. Weinberger is an American author, technologist, and speaker. In his five books and countless posts and articles he has explored the effect of the Internet and AI on knowledge, on how we organize our ideas, on the disruptive architecture of the Web, and on the core concepts by which we think about our world. His latest book, Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We’re Thriving in a New World of Possibility (Harvard Business Review Press) argues that AI and the Internet are transforming our understanding of how the future happens, enabling us to acknowledge the chaotic unknowability of our everyday world. — a Copernican-scale change in our self-understanding.

Dr. Weinberger has been a fellow, senior researcher, and member of the Fellows Advisory Board at the Berkman Klein Center since the early 2000s. Trained as a philosopher, with a doctorate from the University of Toronto, he was co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, and a journalism fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center. Dr. Weinberger has also been a marketing VP at pioneering Web companies, an adviser to high tech companies and to presidential campaigns, and a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department. For two years he was a writer-in-residence at Google AI’s People and AI Research (PAIR) group, and he is currently an independent writer-in-residence in Google’s Moral Imagination group. He edits the Strong Ideas open access book series for MIT Press.

Click above to watch the embedded video or click through here to view the recorded presentation on our Cadmore Repository.