SKYPE LECTURE BY HELEN HESTER – The Gender Of Machines – Feminism In An Algorithmic Society (IN ENGLISH) / TALK WITH TIARA ROXANNE, ISA WILLINGER, MODERATION: ULLA HEINRICH (IN GERMAN) // FREE ENTRY
The fact that technology is not neutral was already known to cyberfeminists in the 1990s, when a seemingly marginal theoretical trend that was kicked off by the eminently influential “Manifesto for Cyborgs”, written by the American natural science historian, Donna Haraway. The more digitization reaches into all areas of civilization and gains an impact on our lives that was unimaginable ten years ago, the more we recognise that the algorithms and the data sets they access are made by humans and are as fallible as their creators. Technology reflects the attitudes and prejudices of all those who develop and use it. Structural forms of discrimination such as sexism and racism are reproduced with technology and in tools, both visibly and invisibly. If Artificial Intelligence is primarily concerned with the problems of rich Silicon Valley men, how can this complex be understood and changed from a feminist perspective? An intersectional analysis of the ongoing social processes in technology, a design free of power and hierarchy – is this still an indispensable task.
On June 13 at 8 pm:
Lecture (Live via Skype): Helen Hester – The Gender Of Machines – Feminism In An Algorithmic Society
Starting with an examination of the diversity-blindness of AI research, the talk seeks to explore the power relations in a techno-society, in which human beings are considered not so much as a singular species but as data-based elements which are parts of networks.
Afterwards panel with:
TIARA ROXANNE, ISA WILLINGER
presenter: ULLA HEINRICH
Ulla Heinrich, curator of the dgtl fmnsm festival, discusses Helen Hester’s theses with filmmaker Isa Willinger (Hi, AI), researcher and artist Tiara Roxanne, followed by a conversation on discriminatory algorithms, feminist data sets and tech-positive feminism. Where do we find our “better tomorrow” between dystopian scenarios and emancipatory potentials?
Part of the festival “Politik der Algorithmen – Kunst, Leben, Künstliche Intelligenz” from June 11 to 16, 2019