The Philosophy and Critical Thinking of AI | Day 1

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become omnipresent and it strikes us as increasingly omnipotent. It saves labour and seems to have become the measure of humanity's march toward 'progress’- if not its redemptive force – fuelling in the process a number of quasi-transcendant, disembodied, and pristine imaginaries. On the other hand, it has been shown also to create or perpetuate injustice and disingenuous rhetoric, encode behaviour, and obfuscate our rapport to reality. Between panacea and doomsday scenarios, we need to untease the various values and conceptual underpinnings that activate most of our encounters with AI, many of which remain veiled or misunderstood. By questioning and bringing to bear various critical perspectives on AI from a wide range of disciplines (including philosophical, literary, historical, scientific, economical, political, aesthetic and environmental), we hope to help critically examine and theoretically unpack the promises and problems of AI. 


This event is sponsored by the Mellon Sawyer Seminar at the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, The Institute for Ethics in AI at the University of Oxford, and the NYU Digital Lab.


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