The Inverse Uncanny Valley: What We See When AI Sees Us
Still of Stephanie Dinkins, "Conversations with Bina48," 2014–present.
The Inverse Uncanny Valley is the feeling of unease we feel when seeing ourselves through the eyes of AI. What we see looks humanlike but not quite familiar, not quite right, and we become disturbed by our own reflection. Join us for a talk by social theorist, Benjamin Bratton on how AI challenges some forms of anthropocentrism and reinforces others, potentially redefining what it means to be “human”. This presentation is in support of our exhibition Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI.
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About the Speaker
’s work spans architecture, philosophy of technology, and computer science. He is a Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, and director of The Terraforming think-tank at Strelka Institute in Moscow, Russia. He is the author of several books including The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty
(MIT Press, 2015) and The Revenge of the Real: Politics for a Post-Pandemic World
About the Exhibition
In today’s AI-driven world, increasingly organized and shaped by algorithms that track, collect, and evaluate our data, the question of what it means to be human has shifted. Uncanny Valley is the first major exhibition to unpack this question through a lens of contemporary art and propose new ways of thinking about intelligence, nature, and artifice.
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