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Fay Gale Lecture: Decolonising Artificial Intelligence?

12 September 2018
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building
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As part of Social Sciences Week, The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, in conjunction with The University of New South Wales is pleased to present the 2018 Fay Gale Lecture with special guest Genevieve Bell. 

The idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI) was codified at a conference in the American summer of 1956. It was summarised to mean the attempts to “make machines use language, form abstractions and concepts, solve the kinds of problems now reserved for humans, and improve themselves.” That initial formulation, a product of a particular time and place, has framed a great deal of research ever since. But what exactly is AI in 2018, and why does it loom so very large in our conversations about the future? In this talk, Professor Genevieve Bell, will explore the ways in which AI, and our imaginings of it, could be subject to an anthropologically inspired set of interventions.