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Binary Calculations are Inadequate to Assess Us: A Workshop by Stephanie Dinkins

Computer-generated image shows a flower garden full of glowing spheres
Stephanie Dink­ins, Secret Gar­den (video still), 2020 

Thursday, October 7, 2021
5:00 – 7:00 pm


Virtual Event

This event will take place online - please see listing for information on how to attend.


Workshop / Seminar
Open to the public
Free of charge

Renowned trans­me­dia artist and Stony Brook Uni­ver­sity Pro­fes­sor Stephanie Dink­ins leads a con­ver­sa­tion about the exclu­sion­ary nature of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence (AI) and the algo­rithms that under­gird our tech­nolo­gies as well as the steps we can take to cre­ate more equi­table datasets. This work­shop will rely par­tially on the con­tri­bu­tions of par­tic­i­pants to cre­ate a more inclu­sion­ary and inter­ac­tive algo­rithm, propos­ing a data com­mons approach where any­one can con­tribute to a train­ing dataset that in turn can be used to power AI

The data col­lected dur­ing the work­shop will con­tribute to Our Data, an app which is cur­rently under devel­op­ment and aims to co-cre­ate more nuanced algo­rith­mic pos­si­bil­i­ties by cre­at­ing two repos­i­to­ries — one for text and one for image — which will be avail­able for peo­ple to use as an alter­na­tive to exist­ing data sets. Lim­ited spaces available. 

Reg­is­tra­tion Required

If you are inter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in this vir­tual work­shop, please con­tact Stamps Gallery Direc­tor Sri­moyee Mitra at srimoyee@​umich.​edu.

Par­tic­i­pants are requested to bring the following:

  • Bring self
  • Bring thoughts around what your data means to democ­racy and/​or governance
  • Bring images to donate to the app

Pre-Work­shop Readings:

Pre­sented by Stamps Gallery, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan, in part­ner­ship with Sci­ence Gallery at Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity Museum.