NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge is pleased to announce a new event series, Co-Opting AI: Public Conversations About Design, Inequality, and Technology:
- April 1, 5-7PM | Co-Opting AI: Machines
- April 23, 6-8PM | Co-Opting AI: Work
- May 13, 6-8PM | Co-Opting AI: Justice
- September 4, 6-8PM | Co-Opting AI: Data Colonialism
- September 30, 6-8PM | Co-Opting AI: Race
Across the globe, new technologies commonly subsumed under ‘Artificial Intelligence’ (AI) increasingly affect fundamental aspects of social life. From healthcare to transport, education, governance and work, to criminal justice and the law – AI seems to be everywhere.
At the same time, a new significance of design is emerging, gaining traction as powerful modus operandi for how we organize society. ‘Has design now displaced development as the dominant term for deliberative, transformational change?’ anthropologist Lucy Suchman pointedly asks.
But the benefits of AI design are unevenly distributed: more and more evidence is building that new algorithmic designs and AI technologies can play a central role in exacerbating social inequality across a range of domains. While many fear the arrival of the robots, the real concern is that we may miss the boat: AI prompts us to re-evaluate ‘big’ questions relating to power, democracy and inequality – and to what it means to be human. We must keep asking these questions. We must co-opt the AI discourse to address urgent social problems. If we fail to do so, we may fail humanity.
The Co-Opting AI series create a public dialogue on the big questions AI conjures up beyond the technology itself. It puts the most forward-thinking scholars across technology, design and inequality into conversation with the public and covers a wide spectrum of concerns. The events are free and open to all.
The series will also feature co-sponsored events, including:
The Co-Opting AI series is convened by IPK Visiting Scholar Mona Sloane.
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