Dr. Karaitiana Taiuru on Māori Data, Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

“We have a traditional belief that if you interact with somebody or touch an object part of your spirituality … is part of that new object … In the wisdom world academics and data scientists will say well that doesn’t actually apply to you because we have anonymised the data, the data isn’t actually about you … Māori would say it is a eurocentric perspective of data because we believe that data still has part of us and anyone else inside that data”

Dr. Karaitiana Taiuru

In this episode of A Correction Podcast I speak with Dr. Karaitiana Taiuru about how he came to develop the world’s first Indigenous ethics guidelines for Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, Data and Internet of Things. He explains how he has been able to work with the New Zealand government and academia to support this. The complexity of Māori, Data as Taonga, Tikanga Māori, and the Māori Sovereignty Guidelines are also discussed. He encourages incorporating indigenous culture and epistemologies into the new digital world through older generations working with younger generations. He explains how Māori culture and other indigenous cultures can inform Artificial Intelligence, that supports environmental sustainability and equality.

Listen on A Correction Podcast, Apple Podcast, Spotify or all the usual podcast platforms.

Dr. Karaitiana Taiuru

Dr. Karaitiana Taiuru is an interdisciplinary Māori academic activist who works on Artificial Intelligence ethics and colonisation, data sovereignty; genomic ethics; property rights & Tikanga Māori. He coined the term “Digital Colonialism” and has played a leading role in focusing Maori in modern technology. He is the author of the world’s first Indigenous ethics guidelines for AI, Algorithms, Data and the Internet of Things and the author of a major ICT/Social media Dictionary of the Māori Language with over 375,000 translations. He also created the first electronic Māori Dictionary Te Reo Tupu, a compilation of all major dictionaries and helped to ensure that Māori could be written on computers and the web and has developed Māori language tools and a myriad of publications.

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