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Thinking Machines: Machine Learning

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Stephanie Dinkins at the de Young museum as part of the Thinking Machines conversation series

Stephanie Dinkins

Koret Auditorium

Join us for this upcoming program and networking night, beginning at 6pm with a viewing of the special exhibition Cult of the Machine. At 7 pm, the conversation begins in Koret Auditorium. Continue the discussion and mingle at our cash bar (drinks and snacks) from 8–9:30 pm. 

Does Artificial Intelligence truly exist yet? What can machines learn, what biases might be built into our teaching of them? How can we build inclusive Artificial Intelligence? What can robots be, beyond our popular culture ideas of humanoids?

Join us for the next program in the Thinking Machines conversation series, featuring Stephanie Dinkins, artist and Associate Professor of Art, Stony Brook University; and Tobias Rees, Director of Transformation of the Humans Program, Berggruen Institute.

Stephanie Dinkins is a transdisciplinary artist interested in creating platforms for ongoing dialog about artificial intelligence as it intersects race, gender, aging and our future histories. Her art employs lens-based practices, the manipulation of space, and technology to grapple with notions of consciousness, agency, perception, and social equity. Her most recent project is a collaboration with Bina 48, an intelligent computer built by Terasem Movement Foundation that is said to be capable of independent thought and emotion. Through Conversations with Bina48, Dinkins develops a longterm relationship between a person and an autonomous robot, in the process exploring the bounds of human consciousness, what it means to be human, mortality and our ability to exist beyond the life of our bodies (transhumanism). Her work has been exhibited at venues including Herning Kunstmuseum, Spellman College Museum of Fine Art, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Wave Hill, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Spedition Bremen, and the corner of Putnam and Malcolm X Boulevard in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Her work has been written about in media outlets such as Art In America, The New York Times, Washington Post, and Baltimore Sun and SLEEK Magazine. She is a 2017 A Blade of Grass Fellow and a 2018 Truth Resident at Eyebeam, NY.

Tobias Rees is Director at the Berggruen Institute, Reid Hoffman Professor at the New School of Social Research, and a Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He studied anthropology and philosophy in Germany and neurobiology in France and received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Berkeley (2006). His expertise lies at the intersection of anthropology, art history, the history of science, and the philosophy of modernity and concerns the study of knowledge/thought. More specifically, he is interested in how categories that order knowledge mutate over time--because of humans, microbes, snails, the weather, AI or other events--and in what effects these mutations have on conceptions of the human/the real.

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Thinking Machines at the de Young is made possible with support from AppDynamics, VSCO, and The Molly and David Wadhwani Foundation.

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(415) 750-7694