The Artificial: Programming and Planetarity

The Artificial: Programming and Planetarity

The seminar will trace the interwoven history of “artificial intelligence” as both a philosophical thought experiment and as a foundational technology, and will explore alternatives to anthropomorphic models of AI. We will consider existing and potential forms of human-AI interaction design, such as voice and search. We will consider the history and contemporary state of artificial sensing media, such as machine vision. The seminar will also map how modern urban systems may be evolve in relation to pervasive automation and distributed computational interaction. The class will include lecture based discussions as well as research into AI systems embedded in the city. It will also include a remote lecture from Kenric McDowel, AI curator at Google Research. 

The class will meet for extended seminar and field sessions during the first three weeks of the term (3 Thursday seminar and weekend field research sessions) followed by online sessions and further in-person meetings.