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Stephanie Dinkins - Afro-Now-ism: Community, Craft, and the Vernacular in Artificial Intelligence
Afro-Now-ism: Community, Craft, and the Vernacular in Artificial Intelligence takes the position that everyone participating in society is an expert in our experiences within the community infrastructures which inform the makeup of artificially intelligent systems. Although we may not be intellectually aware of jargon used in exclusionary contexts, we share the vernacular of who we are as people and a community and the intimate sense that our data is being used by big entities. Afro-now-ism asks us to ground our understanding by taking the imaginary leap of defining ourselves and our communities outside of systemic oppression in order to craft the systems we'd like to see.

Stephanie Dinkins is a transmedia artist who creates platforms for dialog about artificial intelligence (AI) as it intersects race, gender, aging, and our future histories. Dinkins’ art practice employs emerging technologies, documentary practice and community engagement to confront questions of systemic injustice, social equity, and data sovereignty. She is particularly driven to work with communities of color to co-create more equitable, values grounded artificial intelligent ecosystems.

Dinkins is a professor at Stony Brook University where she holds the Kusama Endowed Chair in Art. Dinkins exhibits and publicly advocates for equitable AI internationally. Her work has been generously supported by fellowship grants, and residencies from Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI, Creative Capital, Sundance New Frontiers Story Lab, Eyebeam, Data & Society, Pioneer Works, NEW INC, and The Laundromat Project.

Nov 17, 2020 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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