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Artificial Humans (Umani Artificiali)

For a humanistic approach to algorithms

By Mara Pometti, 2022

I started this book in early 2021 while attempting to answer a question that has been bugging me over the past years while working with data and algorithms: How can we truly humanize AI?

Communicating with data (Comunicare con i dati)

Information across data journalism and data visualization

By Mara Pometti and Francesco Tissoni, 2018

In this book, I explored the art and techniques of communicating with data by utilizing design as an approach to craft data into informative visual data narratives.


Other Publications.

Data Storytelling Is the Conduit for Modern Data Literacy

By Mara Pometti 

Nightingale, The Journal of the Data Visualization Society, November 2022.

Data Journalism & Data Design

By Mara Pometti 

in Graphicus Magazine, December 2021.

A vision for a better alliance between humans and artificial intelligence

By Mara Pometti 

on IBM Data Science,  May 2020.

AI Strategy 101: How small newsrooms can embrace a data-driven culture

By Mara Pometti 

on London School of Economics, Polis Blog, November 2021.

Designing Experiences through Data Stories

By Mara Pometti, Marion Brülls, Ellice Heintze 

on IBM Design,  March 2022.

Moving Forward: AI Opens Up New Horizons for Data Visualization

By Mara Pometti,

on Nightingale,  January 2021.

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Artificial Humans

by Mara Pometti

Witnessing the evolution of this technology made me realize that we desperately need to outgrow the merely technical conversations on AI models and frame them as something greater: the problems that AI can solve for people, along with its implications. Every facet of AI, from validation, debugging, and exploration to interpretability, governance, and fairness, should be first codified through the lens of human needs. 


In a world driven by mechanical processes that none dares to question, humans should become the pivot of the AI’s design and development. Humanizing AI involves applying AI with a purpose where it matters to people. To do that, we need experts that can balance the power of AI with our human virtues: critical thinking, curiosity, empathy, love for the truth, relentless innovation, and honesty. 


In the book, I make a case for the need for a new generation of professionals that I named data-savvy humanists: they will be the ones who will keep algorithms in check; they will be the future of organizations, the ones pushing them forward by transforming data and algorithms into grand visions illuminating companies’ path towards a responsible (and meaningful!) AI-powered transformation.

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