UB Humanities Institute’s annual competition seems to be at Life within the Age of Synthetic Intelligence

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The College at Buffalo Humanities Institute (HI) will current the 2022 Humanities Pageant Sept. 23-25, a free occasion exploring the theme of “Life within the Age of Synthetic Intelligence,” with audio system, panels, music and neighborhood conversations in partnership with SUNY Buffalo State, Canisius School, Daemen College, Niagara College, and Humanities New York.

“Synthetic intelligence (AI) is a double-edged sword that has grow to be embedded in our lives in each refined and overt methods. How does it assist? How does it hurt?” says Christina Milletti, affiliate professor of English and HI’s interim director. “For 3 days, the Buffalo Humanities Pageant will attempt to have interaction in conversations that take a look at each the advantages and detrimental results of AI, together with these parts of the know-how which may inadvertently create threat.”

Synthetic Intelligence is the most recent, most public instance, of an rising know-how that conjures up questions on social, moral and ethical implications of its improvement. The uncertainty is much like what surrounded the arrival of the printed period and the preliminary phases of web entry, in response to Lindsay Brandon Hunter, affiliate professor of theatre and the interim government director of HI.

“There’s a lengthy historical past of each ethical panic and legit social inquiry about how new media shapes social motion,” says Hunter. “Once we combine new applied sciences right into a social system there’ll all the time be friction and celebration. Perhaps what’s coming to the fore with up to date issues about AI and algorithmic methods is the conclusion that technological change occurs so rapidly we don’t have time to drag again the curtain with a view to see what’s actually occurring, who’s controlling it, and why.”

The competition’s launch on Friday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at Torn Area Theater, 612 Fillmore Ave. in Buffalo, will function “AfroRithms from the Future,” a collective, interactive storytelling efficiency involving the viewers and native featured “gamers” that, by way of inventive, afrofuturist-based gameplay, seeks to search out options to dismantling systemic racism in favor of a socially simply future, particularly for individuals who don’t historically profit from know-how.


Main the efficiency will probably be AfroRithms co-founders Ahmed Finest, adjunct professor of dramatic arts on the College of Southern California (and the actor/voice behind the “Star Wars” character Jar Jar Binks), and Lonny J Avi Brooks, California State College East Bay professor of strategic communication, alongside Buffalo “gamers” Chanon Judson, visiting affiliate professor of theatre and dance and co-artistic director of the acclaimed dance firm, City Bush Ladies; Donte McFadden, PhD, UB director of the Distinguished Visiting Students Program; Samina Raja, PhD, professor of city and regional planning; and Taylor Coleman, a UB graduate pupil of Africana and American Research.

All different competition panels and performances will occur at Silo Metropolis. The entire schedule is out there on-line.

The Pageant at Silo Metropolis is highlighted by two particular visitor conversations. The primary begins on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m., and options the return of the AfroRithms group and choose gamers for a “debrief” session of the Buffalo version of the sport. On Sunday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m., the Pageant launches with a go to from the College of Texas at Austin’s “Good Techniques Group” (https://bridgingbarriers.utexas.edu/good-systems), a group of students throughout humanities and the sciences working to make sure the event of moral, socially aware AI.

Samuel Baker, affiliate professor of English and co-founder of Good Techniques Group, and Sharon Strover, professor of journalism and media and co-director of the college’s Know-how and Info Coverage Institute, will focus on “Human Values and AI” with Kenny Joseph, PhD, UB assistant professor of pc science and engineering.

This 12 months’s schedule is likely to be probably the most wide-ranging and diversely knowledgeable convention HI has produced since starting the annual Humanities Pageant, in response to Milletti.

Researchers and students in philosophy, media examine, pc science, engineering, music, legal justice, cellular computing, supplies design, literature, theater and communicative issues will probably be collaborating this 12 months in a “convergent” dialog.

“We want all of the essential inquiry instruments that the humanities have to supply, in dialog with the sciences, with a view to interrogate the profound impression of AI on our lives — from easy product and film options to divisive social media silos, from transportation security and, maybe, even journey to Mars,” says Milletti. 

The 2022 competition hopes to mannequin that convergent dialog by deeply integrating various disciplines on each panel to create new methods of addressing present challenges.

“Our goal is to domesticate a rigorous and hopeful dialogue,” says Hunter. “Our viewers will depart with a way that they’ve taken half in a dialog the place varied disciplines got here collectively to not solely alternate thrilling concepts, but in addition to determine what every of us can contribute to a dialogue that’s incomplete with out convergent participation.”

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