ETHICS OF ACCESS, ETHICS OF AI

Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria (2017) 

The Ethics of Access, Ethics of AI is a performance work curated as an interactive collaboration between the Guerrilla Knowledge Unit and educators/teachers visiting the 2017 Ars Electronica Festival — to create interface jammers using lo-fi and low-tech materials.  

Development in artificial intelligence (AI) continue to raise 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), 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 explore alternative participations, the ethics of access, inclusion and exclusion, and how these considerations might influence their practice, and diversity, as educators.

Project team Jacina Leong, Linda Knight, with pre-service (QUT) teachers: Jess Martin, Xue Ning Lee, and Dee Armstrong.