AI & the Commons Workshop: Call for Participants
December 6, 2019
Montréal, QC, Canada
This workshop seeks to develop a vision for a commons-based approach to the future of AI. We invite people from diverse professions and communities to contribute. This approach to AI will only succeed if people from a range of backgrounds and with a variety of lived experiences participate in the imagination, implementation, and governance of such a project. Therefore, we encourage you to disseminate this call across your contact networks, with a particular emphasis on reaching out to people who are often excluded from discussions like this.
Participants will be accepted on a rolling basis until available spaces are filled (this is not a public event). Some travel funds may be available for speakers.
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Which of the guiding questions are you most interested in? (choose two)
What should an AI commons be?
How could the development of AI today—including the infrastructure and knowledge at its foundation—become a commons?
Could AI reshape how we think about the commons, leading to new theories or practices?
How might we imagine a future common world for the machines, environments, humans, and other life drawn together by the industrial efforts around AI?
Please provide a brief position statement addressing one or more of these questions. Your statement will be shared with other participants prior to the workshop. During the workshop, we will work in groups to integrate these draft shared responses into answers and a public position paper. 500 words maximum.
Would you like to be considered for a role as speaker? (Speakers are expected to give a 15-minute presentation, be interviewed, and facilitate discussion of their chosen question.)
This workshop is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Center for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, and the Milieux Institute for Arts + Technology at Concordia University.
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