Diffracting AI and Robotics
Date and time
Friday, 11 October 2019, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. &
Saturday, 12 October 2019, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Josef barla, Christoph Hubatschke, and Pat Treusch
At the very moment intelligent machines are supposed to become a reality, the questions of what it means to be human and what sociality entails seem to become the focal point in the call for ‘human centred’ robotics and AI. While recent research increasingly demonstrates that robotics and AI often perpetuate gender and racial biases along with social power relations, the question arises how such biases can be identified and deprogrammed. In engaging with these questions, decolonialising, feminist, queer, crip and other critical scholars have emphasised the need for a more just and inclusive future for AI and robotics.
The aim of this symposium is to bring together scholars from different fields of study, opening up the space for truly multi-disciplinary engagements with AI. In doing so, the symposium will not only emphasise the crucial need for including manifold perspectives and reflecting on who is allowed to be part of these discussions and developments, but also aim at opening up the space for concrete interventions. The workshop is aimed at early-career scholars in particular.