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Session
Prototyping tensions: How to talk to your colleagues about AI
Time:
Friday, 01/July/2022:
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Session Chair: Sonja Rebecca Rattay, University of Copenhagen
Session Chair: Ignacio Garnham, Aarhus University
Session Chair: Jacob T. Browne, Philips
Location: BA02 Bizkaia Aretoa_ Room Elhuyar
Main venue, Ground floor

Chair: Mireia Yurrita, Deflt University of Technology

This Conversation will be hosted in-person and accessible online.


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Prototyping tensions: How to talk to your colleagues about AI

Sonja Rattay1, Mireia Yurrita2, Ignacio Garnham3, Jacob Browne2,4

1University of Copenhagen; 2Delft University of Technology; 3Aarhus University; 4Philips

From developer-centric to critical studies perspectives, many different standpoints constellate the AI research space. A central challenge amongst AI research lies in rendering effective collaboration and conversation between these standpoints (Morley 2020). Many AI behemoth companies have hired (and fired) AI researchers over these differences in standpoints (Schiffer 2021).

For instance, different standpoints recognize and place focus on different unintended effects of AI. Pragmatic, constructive approaches focus on debiasing, while destructive, speculative approaches focus on how to challenge power structures and in some cases abolish AI altogether (Miceli 2022, Mitchell 2019, McQuillan 2019, Mohamed 2020). While the pragmatic v. speculative and constructive v. destructive axes are not comprehensive of all views, they serve as an exposition of the tensions within AI research.

This conversation aims to bring together these different standpoints in reconciling positions and finding common ground through the use of structured physical space and public argumentation. DRS Participants will get a chance to voice their own standpoint, challenge other standpoints, and find common ground with other participants in a collaborative fashion. We hope that through this conversation we can engage a broader audience in how we, as designers, can bridge the conversational gaps in different positions on AI.



 
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