The second iteration of the Thinking Machines
will expand on the themes and conversations presented in the exhibition Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI
. Join us for the first out of the 3—part programming series that explores the ethical questions and public discourse around AI.
Hear Dr. Kate Crawford
as she discusses the themes of her book, The Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence
, which explore the hidden costs of artificial intelligence, from natural resources and energy to labor and data, and reveals how AI systems have saturated political life and depleted the planet. The conversation will be an opportunity to hear how artificial intelligence already permeates many aspects of our lives—politics, purchasing, policing, banking, social interaction, employment—in ways that are profoundly shifting how power is concentrated across the world. Program will be followed by a live Q+A with Claudia Schmuckli, Curator in Charge of Contemporary Art and Programming at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
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About the Speaker
Dr. Kate Crawford is a leading scholar of the social and political implications of artificial intelligence. Her work focuses on understanding large-scale data systems, machine learning and AI in the wider contexts of history, politics, labor, and the environment. She is a Research Professor of Communication and STS at USC Annenberg, a Senior Principal Researcher at MSR-NYC, and the inaugural Visiting Chair for AI and Justice at the École Normale Supérieure. Her academic research has been published in journals such as Nature, New Media & Society, Science, Technology & Human Values and Information, Communication & Society. Crawford's work also includes collaborative projects and visual investigations. Her project Anatomy of an AI System with Vladan Joler – which maps the full lifecycle of the Amazon Echo– won the Beazley Design of the Year Award in 2019, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her collaboration with the artist Trevor Paglen, Excavating AI, won the Ayrton Prize from the British Society for the History of Science. Crawford's latest book, Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence is published by Yale University Press in 2021.
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.
No registration required. Free online event.
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