To what extent have technology and the promise of digital futures co-opted and compromised our sense of self and identity? How can we decolonize digital space or build new digital infrastructure?
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Imitation Game: Visual Culture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the Speculative Futures Symposium examines artificial intelligence and the specific uses of technology in its multifarious dimensions. Across four different panel conversations, leading thinkers of today will explore the ethical implications of technology and discuss how they are working to address these issues in cultural production.
10-11am | “On Machine Learning and the Aspirations of Black Being” with Dr. Ramon Amaro
11:30am-12:30pm | “Taking on Big Tech: New Paradigms for New Possibilities” with Dr. Safiya Noble, with an introduction by Dr. Kavita Philip
1-2pm | “Telling it like it is: Spec Fic Writes Worlds” with Ken Liu, Larissa Lai, and Nalo Hopkinson, moderated by Dr. Kavita Philip
2:30-3:30pm | “The Question of Taste” with Jiayang Fan, in conversation with Melissa Karmen Lee
Hosted by the Vancouver Art Gallery. Co-sponsored by UBC Public Humanities, UBC President’s Excellence Chair in Network Cultures, UBC Library, the School of Creative Writing, English Language & Literatures, and the School of Information, with media support from Canadian Literature.
The Imitation Game: Visual Culture in the Age of Artificial Intelligence can be viewed at the Vancouver Art Gallery March 5, 2022 – October 23, 2022.
Epic Games, MetaHuman Creator, 2022, video (still), Courtesy of Epic Games