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“Generative AI: Race, Art, and Power” Lecture Series | Şerife Wong

November 16, 2023 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Room 205, South Hall, Berkeley, CA, 94720

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About this event

From ChatGPT, DALL-E, Bard, and Midjourney, the use of AI as a creative tool has increased dramatically both from technological breakthroughs and a flood of new users. Users and researchers have offered both praise and criticism – about the veracity of AI-generated art, race and gender bias engrained in these systems, and the exploitation of work from marginalized groups within training data.

Join three dynamic experts to expand on these themes and to facilitate discussions about generative AI and its effects at the intersections of race, art, and power.

Sessions will explore questions such as:

  • Who suffers most when it comes to the potential replacement of working artists and writers?
  • How is knowledge created through the use of generative AI? Whose work gets to be remembered?
  • Who speaks and who listens; who is at the table when it comes to conversations surrounding art and generative AI?
  • Is AI-generated art high-art or low-art? Can it be considered “art” at all? What can be considered creativity?
  • What does the future landscape look like for activism in the problem space of generative AI?

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Thursday, November 16 | 10:30am to 12:00pm

Şerife (Sherry) Wong is a Turkish-Hawaiian artist working on AI governance. She is the founder of Icarus Salon, an art and research organization exploring the societal implications of emerging technology. Her work advocates for justice in AI and pushes for more active roles for artists in policymaking. She has been a resident on artificial intelligence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, a jury member at Ars Electronica for the European Commission, and frequently collaborates with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. She serves on the board of directors for Digital Peace Now. Previously, she was an Artist in Residence and creator of the Impact Program at Autodesk Pier 9, and has also worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Artnet Magazine. She has exhibited at Art Basel Miami, Shanghai Art Fair, FIAC Paris, ARCO Madrid, and Art Cologne. At the Berggruen Institute, she will be collaborating with the artist Caroline Sinders to investigate the data broker ecosystem.

Accessibility Accommodations

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting, CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about mobility access in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Rachel Wesen at cltcevents@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7–10 days in advance of the event.

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