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Thursday, June 13 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
AI 2050: Imagining AI trajectories in the Global South

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Most conversations around AI trajectories and impacts are based on examples from northern or industrialized economies. Popular narratives and imaginations rely on mostly on Hollywood, swinging between dooms-day scenarios to those of a utopian paradise. This also has the effect of directing attention to certain issues, at the expense of others - killer robots that take over the world, instead of algorithmic-based housing discrimination. But, AI trajectories will differ across contexts, as they intersect with local socio-cultural systems. What is the future of AI in geographies associated with the so-called global south? Who are the winners and losers? What are the possible alternate futures and how do we steer AI toward a future we want? What new imaginations are needed? Building on the diversity and depth of knowledge at Rights Con, the workshop will use inspiration from speculative fiction to explore alternative imaginations and futures for AI in the Global South. Participants will be guided through a series of prompts to collaboratively develop ideas that imagine AI trajectories in the global south. Speculative fiction, as a futuring technique, provides a way to test common assumptions, identify social values at stake, and consider a range of preferable and plausible futures.

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Avinash Kumar

Director and Producer, Quicksand GamesLab
Avinash is a design strategist, researcher and artist-performer, and co-founder of three of India’s well-known creative endeavours - Quicksand, a innovation and strategic consulting firm, BLOT!, the country’s premiere audiovisual collective, and UnBox Festival, an interdisciplinary... Read More →

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Urvashi Aneja

Co-Founder & Director, TANDEM RESEARCH
Urvashi is Co-Founder and Director of Tandem Research, an interdisciplinary research collective that generates policy insights at the interface of technology, society, and sustainability. Her work unpacks the social justice and governance implications of the growing dataficiation... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm BST
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