Ethics of Access, Ethics of AI

Educator workshop u19: CREATE YOUR WORLD — Ars Electronica Festival (Sept 2017).

The Ethics of Access, Ethics of AI is a performance work curated as an interactive collaboration between the GKU and educators/teachers visiting the Festival — to create interface jammers using lo-fi and low-tech materials.  

Development in artificial intelligence (AI) continue to raise ethical issues around algorithmic diversity to which we must attend. Algorithmic diversity promotes unbiased systems and is informed by diverse perspectives. To overlook algorithmic diversity in the development of artificial intelligence, impedes the ability to produce systems that have the capacity to be respective and responsive to differences; to “the other I”.

As we pursue algorithmic diversity, and program AI accordingly, what do these systems reveal about our own pedagogical practices (how we learn, how we teach), and the bugs (or biases) that may exist in our own programming? Using the Festival as a site for pedagogical inquiry, this workshop asks educators to consider “the other I” by momentarily foregrounding a (visual, aural, verbal, physical) perspective different from their own, and to reflect on these experiences. In so doing, workshop participants explore alternative participations, the ethics of access, inclusion and exclusion, and how these considerations might influence their practice, and diversity, as educators.

Me / You / Us + AI

Open lab workshop u19: CREATE YOUR WORLD — Ars Electronica Festival (Sept 2017).

The interactive installation—Me/You/Us: AI—was aimed at a youth audience and used play and experimental games to explore human connections across difference. Young people were invited to “code” their body (and others) and to perform a series of interactive, collaborative, and highly playful instructions to think about diversity and diverse human experiences. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) is inspired by human experience. But how might we create smart machines that are inspired by diverse human perspectives? How can AI and smart machines help humans to better understand each other’s differences? Each other’s physical and intellectual differences, and our different understandings and experiences of life? This lab encourages you to explore this by coding your body to perform a series of interactive, collaborative, and highly playful instructions, using lo-fi and low-tech materials.

A trial of this workshop was first delivered at Robotronica (August 2017).

Algorithmic diversity & AI

School workshop Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital School (August 2017).