Public Talk | AI for survival: Touchstones for Living in Digital Futures

6:30 pm Thursday 2 August
at Khoj Studios

One of the most visible emphases in the social acceleration of artificial intelligence is what I call “extinction impulses”. This manifests itself in multiple ways – in how we design-think problems, how we conceptualize our users, how we buy into the promise of AI and how we imagine it digital capital and Silicon Valley fueled visions, current digital development in general, and with AI in particular, perpetuate myths which we have taken as natural. In this talk, I hope to show how a feminist and postcolonial critique of these myths, and the alternatives they provide, make it a more hopeful, inclusive and humane way of building worlds that are made for survival.

Bio: Dr. Nishant Shah is the Dean of Graduate School at ArtEZ University of the Arts, The Netherlands, a Visiting Professor at Leuphana University, Germany, and the co-founder and former Research Director off the Centre for Internet & Society, India, which he also co-founded. He is committed to producing and expanding public and open infrastructures for digital connectivity, networking, mobilisation and organisation towards resilient lives, equitable societies, and inclusive futures. His research, education, learning, and activism is at the intersections of material digital technologies, identity politics, emergent political organisation, and connected critical learning.

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