As an invited keynote talk for the major conference of VALA – Libraries, Technology and the futureVALA22: Bring IT on!, Data, decisions and dynamics unpacked artificial intelligence by unpacking the links between data used to train machine learning agents, the decisions agents make in response to a problem, and how, collectively, many agents and people are involved in the dynamic systems that make up the libraries and GLAM institutions of the future. By framing libraries as cybernetic systems, we uncover places to intervene in those systems – such as their data, or the decisions that are made – and are better able to influence the system’s dynamics.

This talk drew from the ANU School of Cybernetics and National Library of Australia publication Custodians and Midwives.

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