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Exploring the ethics of new technologies

This Autumn Knowle West Media Centre is hosting two free workshops exploring the ethics and uses of new technologies: Guess Who? will uncover how facial recognition systems make decisions about us, while Become an AI Activist invites you to use Artificial Intelligence technology in social action and protest.

Join a friendly group for a day of discussion and creativity as we ask the question: whose intelligence is it anyway…?

No experience with coding or technology is needed and both workshops will be interactive and fun, led by two fantastic teams of artists and creative technologists. You can book for one or both workshops, and lunch will be provided on both days.

Find out more about each event below and contact Martha to reserve your free place.

Guess Who?

Monday 21 October, 10am – 3pm
Location: KWMC: The Factory (Filwood Green Business Park)

This workshop will explore how facial recognition systems make decisions about our identities, led by artists and creative technologists Ellie Foreman and Rachel Smith.

Together we will demystify the Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based technologies that are responsible for facial recognition and explore the ethical implications associated with its use.

By playing with a physical door controlled by an existing facial recognition system, we will discover how these technologies work, the bias baked into such systems, and how to trick them (with the help of fake moustaches and paper!)

We will then make our own facial recognition application – no coding experience required.

Find out more here.

Become an AI Activist

Monday 28 October, 10am – 3pm
Location: KWMC: The Factory (Filwood Green Business Park)

A workshop exploring how to use conversational AI (Artificial Intelligence) as a medium for protest. Run by artists and creative technologists Coral Manton and Birgitte Aga.

Coral and Birgitte have been developing a ‘feminist chatbot’ for over a year with groups of self-identifying women from across the country through a project called: Women Reclaiming AI for Activism (WRAI). In this workshop you will have the chance to:

– find out about the WRAI project

– learn how to create your own activist chatbot for an issue you care about (such as equality or the environment)

– find out how to involve your wider community in using conversational AI as a medium for protest.

This is an opportunity for collective action and protest, and a space for you to share your thoughts and be listened to.

Childcare and travel bursaries are available.

Find out more here.

Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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