Current graduate students

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

How to Build Anything Ethically

This discussion of ethical decision making when building technologies in a ‘Good Way’ includes two examples. First, I illustrate how the protocol for building a Lakota sweat lodge can act as a framework for building a physical computing device. Next, I provide an example of how multiple streams of protocol are necessary to build an AI system as a confluence of ethics. Some ideas proposed here are not currently possible, some are possible if investment is made in the necessary research, and some are possible but only through a radical change in the way technology companies are run and the pyramid of compensation for the exploitation of resources is reversed.

Join via this Zoom link, passcode 756099.
 
BIO:
Suzanne Kite is an award-winning Oglála Lakȟóta artist, composer, and academic. Her scholarship and practice explore contemporary Lakȟóta ontology (the study of beinghood in Lakȟóta), artificial intelligence, and contemporary art and performance. She creates interfaces and arranges software systems that engage the whole body, in order to imagine new ethical AI protocols that interrogate past, present, and future Lakȟóta  philosophies.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Critical Tech Talk: Black Media Philosophy and Beyond with Armond R. Towns

Much of the contemporary research on race in communication media studies begins with media representations. However, for this talk, Armond R. Towns will focus on the relationship between the modern research university, race, and the development of communication and media studies in the early and mid-twentieth century, with a focus specifically on US and Canadian communication and media studies. Like the modern university, the discipline of communication and media studies, Towns argues, has a difficulty with understanding non-Western life. This talk is a beginning conversation on how to push toward new forms of understanding humanity beyond Western life. The topic of who counts as human is crucial in a context where big tech aims to control the future of so-called humanity and the AI race closes the gap between human and machine communications.

This is a hybrid event and may be attended in-person or online.

Friday, October 28, 2022 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Misinformation: AI for evil and for good

Join us via zoom on Friday, October 28, 12 pm - 1:30 pm. CARE-AI welcomes philosopher, cognitive scientist and author Paul Thagard as he discusses a new theory of information and misinformation based on mechanisms of acquisition, inference, memory and spread.

Project Ploughshares is hosting a free half-day interactive virtual workshop on Canada, the growing nuclear threat, and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

There are nearly 14,000 nuclear weapons active today. Each presents an existential, yet preventable, risk. Now is the time for decisive Canadian action towards nuclear abolition.

Thursday June 9, 2022 @ 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST (via Zoom).