Whereas the idea of artificial general intelligence is speculative, AI systems are already shaping our lives and societies. Today, algorithms control the route we travel, decide what we listen to, organize our photos, analyze our medical records, and define the salary for contract workers paddling through the rain to deliver our evening pizza. It may still be a faint whisper of a possibility, but whispers can build into winds and take the world by storm.
In this session, we’ll listen to the whisper and let ourselves become the storm, as we acknowledge that artificial intelligence exists in a circular relationship with its human creators: so to understand machine intelligence, we must understand the people, systems, and cultures creating it. We aim to leave you with questions about human agency and individuality -- and allow for a billion intelligences to bloom.
Product designer and co-founder, oio.studio
Simone Rebaudengo is a product and interaction designer and co-founder of oio.studio. His works explore the implication of living and collaborating with other, not-so-human, intelligences.
Anthropologist of Technology, Tufts University
Nick Seaver is an anthropologist of technology who studies how technical experts think about cultural materials. He has published on topics ranging from the history of player pianos to the ethnography of algorithms. His forthcoming book, Computing Taste: Algorithms and the Makers of Music Recommendation, explores how the people who build music recommender systems make sense of music, listeners, and listening.
One more speaker to be announced