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SLSA 2020 Special Event: AI / IA: Promises and Perils of Augmented / Artificial Intelligence

SLSA 2020 Special Event: AI / IA: Promises and Perils of Augmented / Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Virtual Event
Calendar: Stamps Events
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This Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) Special Fall Event on the Promises and Perils of Augmented / Artificial Intelligence is free and open to the public. Registration to this virtual event is required.

Event Program:

* Welcome: David Cecchetto, SLSA Incoming President

* Announcement of Lifetime Achievement Award & Remarks by 2020 recipient Richard Powers

* Katherine Hayles introduces lightning talks: Ed Finn,“How to Imagine AI: Cultural Frames for Thinking with Machines” // Jennifer Rhee, “Histories of AI Futures” // Evan Selinger,“Reject Dual-Use Dogma” // Lightening talks audience Q&A

* Announcement of Bruns Essay Prize

* “Expanding AI: A conversation with artist Stephanie Dinkins and Srimoyee Mitra, Director, Stamps Gallery,” introduced by Irina Aristarkhova

* Announcements of Schachterle Essay Prize and Kendrick Book Prize

* “Using and Musing AI in Books and Postprint,” a conversation between Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Hayles, followed by audience Q&A

Speaker Bios:

Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University where he is an associate professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. He is the author of What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing. He also serves as the academic director of Future Tense, a partnership between ASU, New America, and Slate Magazine, and a co-director of “Emerge,” an annual festival of art, ideas, and the future.

Jennifer Rhee is an associate professor of new media in the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. She’s written about robotics and artificial intelligence in technology, visual and performance art, literature, and film in her book The Robotic Imaginary: The Human and the Price of Dehumanized Labor (University of Minnesota Press, 2018). Her work can also be found in journals including Camera Obscura, Configurations, ASAP/Journal, Science Fiction Studies, Mosaic, and Postmodern Culture. She’s currently
working on a book on big data and futurity in technology, literature, and art.

Evan Selinger, Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, is the co-author of Re-Engineering Humanity, selected by the Observer as one of the “Best Books of 2016.” He writes for many periodicals and blogs such as The Nation, Salon, and The Guardian. He is currently a member of the Institute for Defense on Analysis‘s Legal, Moral, and Ethical Working Group, which contributes to a DARPA-funded project that uses artificial intelligence to enhance the autonomy of non-lethal technological systems.

Stephanie Dinkins is a leading transmedia artist who creates platforms for dialog about artificial intelligence to confront questions of bias in AI, consciousness, data sovereignty, and social equity. She is particularly driven to work with communities of color to co-create more inclusive, fair, and ethical artificial intelligent ecosystems. Dinkins is a 2019 Creative Capital Grantee as well as Data and Society Research Institute Fellow. She is Associate Professor of Art at Stony Brook University.

Srimoyee Mitra is Director of the Stamps Gallery at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is an award-winning curator and editor of Border Cultures (Windsor Gallery / BlackDog Publishing, 2015). Her research interests lie at the intersection of exhibition-making and participation, migration, globalization, and decolonial aesthetics.

Irina Aristarkhova is Professor at the Stamps School of Art & Design and the Digital Studies Institute, University
of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is author of Hospitality of the Matrix: Philosophy, Biomedicine and Culture and Arrested Welcome: Hospitality in Contemporary Art.

Amaranth Borsuk is a poet known for her experiments with textual materiality and digital poetry. She is the coauthor, with Brad Bouse, of a book with visual icons that can only be read with the aid of a computer. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Bothell.

N. Katherine Hayles is a literary and cultural critic who writes on the relations of literature, science and technology in the 20th- and 21st- centuries. She is the author of How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics. She is Distinguished Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and James B. Duke Professor of Literature Emerita at Duke University.

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