Algorithms & Social Spaces: Online Workshop

October 14, 2020 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm

Abstract: Algorithms, mathematical systems that allow machines to recognize objects, are increasingly being deployed across society. In many situations, their usage is relatively straightforward. But when they are used to help make decisions that can impact people’s lives and choices, things can become far more complicated. By giving participants the opportunity to create their own social algorithms and reflect on the impacts those algorithms have, this workshop shows the ways in which algorithms used in social spaces can exclude and prioritize certain people.

The online workshop is facilitated by artist, researcher, and technologist Mimi Onuoha, and artist, DJ, and educator Mother Cyborg (Diana Nucera) in collaboration with Allied Media Projects. The activity was designed by Onuoha and Mother Cyborg as an educational and speculative approach to understanding Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its growing impact on society, exploring the forms AI takes today and the role AI-based technologies can play in fostering equitable futures.

The workshop is offered in conjunction with the Carnegie Museum of Art exhibition, Trevor Paglen: Opposing Geometries, the third iteration of Mirror with a Memory, an initiative exploring the many ways artists probe the intersections of photography, surveillance, and AI to underscore concerns about implicit bias, right to privacy, and police monitoring embedded in corporate, military, and law enforcement applications.

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Support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William T. Hillman and the Henry L. Hillman Foundations

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