A.I. Ethos & the Afro Now/Futurism


Thursday, April 02, 2020: 2:00pm - 3:30pm -

Nettrice Gaskins, Art & Algorhythms, USA

W.E.B. Du Bois’s “The Princess Steel” is a science-fiction story about a black sociologist who created a “Megascope” machine to see across time and space. The invention, which is reminiscent of the Oculus Rift VR headset, gives the user a view of the origins of modern capitalist industry through the enslavement of African people in the United States.

Today’s creative technologists, especially ones whose works are hidden from the mainstream, find new ways to imagine algorithms and artificial intelligence that are deployed to classify and coerce marginalized communities and considers innovations that might be re-appropriated and reimagined for more liberatory uses.