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A People's Guide to AI


3 Hour Workshops

Everyday AI

What do listening to music, taking a flight, and getting stopped by the police all have in common? You might not realize it, but these actions could all involve artificial intelligence (AI) at work. This workshop explores all the ways in which AI impacts our lives while unpacking the mysteries of what AI is and does. With our new found knowledge, together we will attempt to design an AI system that can be used to solve a neighborhood based problem while practicing equity. Participants will walk away with the ability to identify AI in action, a creative framework for designing AI systems, and a People’s Guide to AI booklet to continue learning.

1 Hour Workshops

Pattern Finder

Deep learning! Machine learning! Patterns! OH MY! In this workshop we will unpack the concepts and functions of machine learning with in AI. We will look at prediction technologies that utilize machine learning to predict what you want and explore

Speculative Fiction

A People's Guide to AI (Artificial Intelligence) is an educational and speculative approach to understanding AI and its growing impact on society. The booklet and accompanying workshops explore the forms AI takes today and the role AI-based technologies can play in fostering equitable futures. The project resists narratives of dystopian futures by using popular education, design and storytelling to lay the groundwork for creative imaginings. As part of Proximity at the Main Library, participants will get a crash course in the basics of what makes up AI then create a collaborative speculative story that depicts a future of technology that is equitable and inspiring. Learners will walk away with a greater understanding of AI in our everyday lives, the agency they have in shaping the future of technology and a copy of A people's' guide to AI booklet to continue learning.

Algorithms and Social Spaces

Algorithms are increasingly being deployed across society. In many situations, their usage is relatively straightforward. But when they are used to help make decisions that can impact people’s lives and choices, things can become far more complicated. This lecture/ hands on workshop will offer a crash course in the ethics of algorithms. We will uncover how algorithms in social spaces such as predictive policing can exclude and prioritize certain people, creating social injustices. Then together we explore what algorithm accountability can look like in practice.