Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an emergent set of computer technologies that affect individuals, communities, and societies at a global scale. Touted as a fourth industrial revolution, AI is, nonetheless, poorly understood and subject to hype, misinformation, and anxiety. Though there is increasing talk about making AI “ethical,” “democratic,” and “human-centered,” scholars in the humanities seldom shape these discussions. The result is conversations about AI that lack fundamental understanding of this profoundly social and cultural phenomenon. At the same time, AI research and implementation need collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to envision new thinking, anticipate social and environmental outcomes, shape forward-thinking policies, engage broad publics, and educate a new generation of students and citizens.
Critical AI @ Rutgers is an interdisciplinary initiative, organized and led through a steering committee with support from the Center for Cultural Analysis and the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science. To learn more about our Winter/Spring 2023 programming on LANGUAGE MODELS/“GENERATIVE AI” click here.
For links to our recorded 2021-22 ETHICS OF DATA CURATION/DATA ONTOLOGIES workshops click here.
To learn more about our new journal, Critical AI, published with Duke University Press, see Duke’s website and our blog.
Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis
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