Ars Electronica Festival, Linz (2017) 

Whilst the opportunities to use artificial intelligence (AI) to advance the human experience are within reach, these developments also raise several ethical issues around ‘algorithmic diversity’ to which we must attend. Algorithmic diversity promotes unbiased systems and is informed by diverse perspectives. To overlook algorithmic diversity in the development of artificial intelligence, impedes the ability to produce systems that have the capacity to be respective and responsive to differences; to ‘the other I’.

As we pursue algorithmic diversity, and program AI accordingly, what do these systems reveal about our own pedagogical practices (how we learn, how we teach others), and the bugs (or biases) that may exist in our own programming? Using the Festival as a site for pedagogical inquiry, this workshop asks educators to consider ‘the other I’ by momentarily foregrounding a (visual, aural, verbal, physical) perspective different from their own, and to reflect on these experiences. In so doing, workshop participants will consider alternative participations, the ethics of access, inclusivity and perspectives, and how these considerations might influence their practice, and diversity, as educators.

This workshop was delivered at the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival, as part of the u19 - CREATE YOUR WORLD program. 

Project team Jacina Leong, Dr Linda Knight (GKU Co-Lead), Jess Martin, Xue Ning Lee, Dee Armstrong. This workshop was part of the Guerrilla Knowledge Unit initiative.