Tactical Tech Workshop: Living with Algorithms

This introductory level workshop defines what algorithms are and how they relate to the broader fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Through hands-on activities and discussions, participants gain insights into how algorithms can reflect existing biases in society, and how they can create new ones. The closing section suggests ways that we can live alongside algorithms by understanding and challenging them.

Workshop Logistics

Workshop Date: Wednesday, December 1
Time: 11am – 12pm PST
Cost: Free
Experience Level: Open to all skill levels; No previous knowledge needed
Requirements: Computer/device with an internet connection

Workshop Outline

● Part 1: Making Decisions
● Part 2: Intelligence
● Part 3: Complexity

Workshop Goals

● Define ‘algorithm’, ‘AI’ and ‘machine learning’
● Explore examples of algorithms
● Discuss how algorithms impact society

This workshop accompanies the film series IMAGE+BIAS. FILMIC EXPLORATIONS and is part of the project IMAGE + BIAS that critically engages with the cultural realities being increasingly determined by imperceptible technologies.


Louise Hisayasu

Louise Hisayasu is a project coordinator on The Glass Room project at Tactical Tech. The Glass Room is a public intervention which aims to demystify technology through thought-provoking, immersive and creative exhibitions. At Tactical Tech, Louise is engaged in exploring how content can be co-designed, scaled and presented with diverse communities globally.

Tactical Tech Workshop Series


Goethe-Institut San Francisco

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in our nation. Our cultural and educational programmes encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility.

Tactical Tech

Tactical Tech is an international NGO that engages with citizens and civil-society organisations to explore and mitigate the impacts of technology on society.

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