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Women Reclaiming AI workshop
May 25th 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Design a collaborative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Voice Assistant created by women for women.
This free workshop invites you to take part in designing an alternative AI Voice Assistant created by a growing community of self-identifying women. We will create an AI assistant that better reflects female identity, using a collection of inspirational speech from people taking part and other women the collective admire. The workshop will provide you with basic skills to create an AI voice assistant in Dialogflow (a development platform for conversational systems) and a space to facilitate talking, sharing and listening.
By taking part in the workshop you become part of the expanding Women Reclaiming AI activist artwork and collaborative community – a symbol of collective action and protest.
No previous experience of coding is required but participants are asked to bring a laptop if they have access to one. The workshop is free but places are limited, please book a place here.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Women Reclaiming AI (WRAI) is an expanding activist artwork, presented as a feminist AI voice assistant, programmed through participatory workshops by a growing community of self-identifying women. Through creating a platform for collective writing and editing, the project co-creates an AI that challenges prescribed gender roles. It is a response to the pervasive depiction of AI voice assistants gendered as women, subordinate and serving. Designed by development teams which lack diversity, these systems are embedded with unrepresentative world views and stereotype in ways that reinforce traditional gender roles. WRAI aims to reclaim female voices in the development of future AI systems by empowering self-identifying women to harness conversational AI as a medium for protest. This project is created by artists-technologists Coral Manton and Birgitte Aga in collaboration with an ever evolving community of self-identifying women.
Coral is also a BOM Fellow.