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An evening salon and reading of specially commissioned pieces of fiction on AI futures
Artificial intelligence and data-driven technologies permeate all aspects of our lives. Their proliferation increasingly leads to encounters with ‘mutant algorithms’, ‘biased machine learning’, and ‘racist AIs’ that sometimes make familiar forms of near-future fiction pale in comparison.

In these examples, AI and machine learning tools inscribe a certain future based on predictions from past observations and they foreclose a multitude of other possible futures.

Faced with this potential to limit and constrain what might be, can fiction and narrative offer alternatives for how AI could and should be?

This evening salon will present near-future fiction pieces commissioned by the Ada Lovelace Institute's JUST AI project to inspire and expand our thinking about our possible relationship to AI and data.

Join the event to listen to the first reading of two commissioned pieces and to discuss with the authors and invited experts.

Live (real-time) captioning will be provided for this event, if you have questions or request for access, please contact: lhickman@adalovelaceinstitute.org.

- Alison Powell, Associate Professor, London School of Economics

- Adam Marek – writer of futuristic and fantastical short stories
- Squirrel Nation – reimagining and designing how to live in a warming world
- Tania Hershman – poet, writer, teacher and editor
- Yasemin J. Erden, Assistant Professor in Philosophy, University of Twente

Mar 3, 2021 06:30 PM in London

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