Cornelia Goethe Centrum

Diffracting AI and Robotics: Decolonial and Feminist Perspectives Symposium & Workshop on October 11 & 12

Diffracting AI and Robotics: Decolonial and Feminist Perspectives

Symposium 11 October 2019 | 09 am – 6 pm   ///   Workshop 12 October 2019 | 10am – 2pm

Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

Please note: The Symposium is open for the public, no registration is required.

In a striking way, at the very moment intelligent machines are supposed to become a reality, the question what it means to be human and what sociality entails seems to become the focal point in the call for a ‘human centered’ robotics and AI. While recent research more and more demonstrates that robotics and AI often  perpetuate gender and racial biases along with social power relations, the question arises how bias and interests built into robots and programmed into AI, both intentionally and unintentionally, can be identifi ed and deprogrammed. Engaging with these questions, decolonializing, feminist, queer, crip and other critical  scholars have emphasized the need for a more just and inclusive future of AI and robotics.

The aim of this symposium is to bring together scholars from different fields ofstudy by creating a space for truly multi-disciplinary engagements that promise to provide ‘us’ with different points of departures for relating responsibility, accountability, and social justice as well as ‘our’ history, present, and future with AI and intelligent machines differently. In doing so, the symposium will not only emphasize the crucial need for including manifold perspectives and reflections on the question who is allowed to be part of these discussions and developments, but also aim at opening up the space for concrete interventions.

The workshops on Saturday shall spark a dialog between early carrier scholars from different disciplines critically exploring questions of de/coloniality, social justice, response-ability, dis/ability, and techno-biopower, to name but a few, as well as potential challenges for decolonializing, feminist, queer, crip, and other critical  scholars in engaging critically with ‘intelligent’ machines, code, and algorithms.

You can download the program here.

The current poster is also available as a download.