Buffalo Humanities Festival 2022: Life (In the Age of Artificial Intelligence)

Festival of Ideas with an evening of play and two days of community talks

With each passing day, we discover how Artificial Intelligence (AI) has always been present in our lives. And if you thought it was just a fad, think again. Whether we’re looking at self-driving cars or social media, we’re all on a path that takes us far into the future, today. After all, it wasn’t long before people thought Dick Tracy’s dialing on his watch was just a fantasy. Or that all the crazy gadgets in The Jetsons were just fun impossibilities. But today we have Alexa, robotic vacuum cleaners… and soon there will be flying cars in our driveways and delivery drones on our doorsteps. It’s all very real, and that’s the scary part.

As a way to take a closer look at how advanced technology is creeping into our lives, the Buffalo Humanities Festival will look at the advantages and disadvantages of artificial intelligence. This is an excellent opportunity to develop conversation, in interactive ways, in inspiring places.

“The Buffalo Humanities Festival runs from 9/23-9/25 and is supported by a thriving partnership between the University at Buffalo Institute of Humanities, Buffalo State College, Canisius College, University of Niagara, Demin University, and many more community partners,” said Dr. Christina Meleti. , Interim Director of the Institute of Humanities. Each year the festival examines various issues geared towards social justice. This year’s theme is ‘Life in the Age of Artificial Intelligence’. Friday night event at Turnspace Theatre: AfroRithms from the future, is a storytelling performance game that uses Afrofuturist principles to help the audience collectively imagine ways to deconstruct systemic racism. or [attend] Several panels and shows at Silo City on Saturday and Sunday that will explore the benefits and risks associated with artificial intelligence.”


  • Friday 23 September | 6 pm | torn space theater | An evening with AfroRithms from the future
  • Saturday 24 September | 11 am | Silo City | Life (In the Age of Artificial Intelligence): Day One of Community Conversations
  • Sunday 25 September | 11 am | Silo City | Life (In the Age of Artificial Intelligence): Day Two of Community Conversations

visit buffalohumanities.org For detailed information on the schedule, parking and location.

The full schedule is available at buffalohumanities.org. also, See the list of participants.

click here To register for the festival.

All events are free and open to the public.

Friday, September. 23 | 6 pm | torn space theater

What is AfroRithms of the future?

AfroRithms from the future is a design thinking and inclusive storytelling game built on the principle of shifting from the center of Western cultural perspectives to alternative futuristic worlds where Black and BIPOC’s cultural perspectives are at the fore. The clear goal is to “democratize the future.” [and to] Deliberately anticipate a democratic anti-racist future where the futures of Black and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Colored people) matter.”

Join us for an evening with Ahmed Best and Lonnie J. Avi Brooks as we come together to play and imagine a just future, advanced through technology. We’ve invited special guest players from the community, but everyone is welcome to join the game!

Saturday, September. 24 | 11 AM – 4:15 PM | silo city

Opening session | AfroRithms from the future: After the game

  • Ahmed the bestCo-Founder, AfroRithm Futures Group and Assistant Professor, USC School of Dramatic Art
  • Lonny J Avi BrooksCo-founder, AfroRithm Futures Group and Professor of Strategic Communication, California State University East Bay
  • Supervised by Dalia Antonia Carabalo MullerAssociate Professor, UB, with special guest players from the night before.

You are travelers in the multiverse exploring a possible future and creating exciting new artifacts to send back to all the other parallel worlds. The game is simple. Have a conversation about the future and activate your radical imagination!

AfroRithms from the future

Sunday, September. 25 | 11 AM – 4:15 PM | silo city

Opening session | The Good Systems Project: Human Values ​​and Artificial Intelligence

  • Samuel Bakerassociate professor, UTexas at Austin and co-founder of Good Systems Group
  • Sharon StroverProfessor, UTexas in Austin and co-director of the Information and Technology Policy Institute
  • Supervised by Kenny Joseph،, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Buffalo

It is morally irresponsible to focus solely on what AI can do. We think it is equally important to ask what should (and should not) be done.

UTexas Bridging Barrier Good Group

Once the stuff of science fiction, AI is now influencing basic processes in our daily lives. Artificial intelligence shapes the ads we see, the videos we watch, and the search engine data we rely on. It’s an integral part of healthcare and transportation safety and key to technologies that might one day help revive our climate or take us to Mars. At the same time, AI plays an essential role in shaping isolated social media conversations that confuse fact and fiction, creating mistrust, discord, and violence.

The 2022 Buffalo Humanities Festival will explore the many complex, and often paradoxical, ways in which AI is now interfering in our lives with the help of artists, scientists, and community activists who will showcase the integration of algorithms, machine learning, and other forms of AI in both common and mundane applications. other. Please join us for an interdisciplinary examination of not only AI itself – but how our lives are built around and despite its impact.

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