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Goda Klumbyte to Speak at the Symposium “Diffracting Robotics and AI: Decolonial and Feminist Perspectives”

Diffracting AI & Robotics. Decolonial and Feminist Perspectives, Symposium and Workshop, 11-12 October 2019, 9am - 6pm, Renate von Metzler-Saal, Casino and SH 5.101, Campus Westend, Goethe University Frankfurt, Organizers: josef Barla, Christoph Hubatschke, Pat Treusch

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 identified 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 of study, opening up the space for truly multi-disciplinary engagements with AI promising to provide us with points of departure for relating responsibility, accountability, and social justice as well as ‘our’ history, present, and future with AI differently. In doing so, the symposium will not only emphasize 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.

In her talk Goda Klumbytė will be looking at knowledge production through machine learning systems from a feminist perspective.

For further information on the symposium visit the website of the Goethe University, Frankfurt.

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