[Humanist] 30.864 events: anthropology of AI; libraries; endangered data

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Apr 4 06:31:08 CEST 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 864.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Andrew Hugill <a.hugill at bathspa.ac.uk>                    (33)
        Subject: Symposium: Toward an Anthropology of Artificial Intelligence

  [2]   From:    "Lucky, Shannon" <shannon.lucky at usask.ca>                 (14)
        Subject: *CFP extended to Apr 12th - Access Library Technology

  [3]   From:    Bethany Nowviskie <bnowviskie at clir.org>                   (22)
        Subject: Fwd: Reminder: Endangered Data Week (April 17-21)

        Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2017 14:19:29 +0100
        From: Andrew Hugill <a.hugill at bathspa.ac.uk>
        Subject: Symposium: Toward an Anthropology of Artificial Intelligence

Centre for Creative Computing & Making Books Research Centre present a Symposium: 

Towards an Anthropology of Artificial Intelligence 
Wednesday 10 May 2017, 13:30 - 17:00
Main House Room G.15, Bath Spa University, BA2 9BN 

FREE | Booking Required: https://www.bathspalive.com/Online/seatSelect.asp

The aim of this symposium is to consider an anthropology of artificial intelligence. Willard McCarty, Professor of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, and Rik Lander, digital artist and theatre-maker, will deliver talks on AI from the twin perspectives of digital humanities and the arts. Creative practitioners in drama, film, television, music, fiction, visual arts etc. have been describing AI in their work for decades, even centuries. Today, for the first time, artificially intelligent entities are becoming a reality. This is presenting challenges for policy-making, for legal and ethical concerns, for the future of work, and more broadly for the wider culture. But, given that AI entities are steadily developing in unfamiliar ways which are largely foreign to human nature, what is the world they inhabit? How do/will they view us: as Gods, rivals, or savages, perhaps? How may humans understand the interactions between these artificial entities? How may we engage with their culture? And how will we be able to negotiate our future relationships with them? An anthropology of artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly necessary as  these strange 'creatures' begin to form their communities in our midst.   


1.30 Arrival and tea/coffee

1.50 Welcome from Dr Stephen Gregg (Making Books) and Prof Andrew Hugill (Creative Computing)

2.00 Session 1 (chaired by Dr Michael Marcinkowski)
Prof Willard McCarty: Modelling, ontology and wild thought: Toward an anthropology of the artificially intelligent
Response by Dr Michael Marcinkowski

Willard McCarty, PhD, FRAI, is Professor at King’s College London and Adjunct at Western Sydney and North Carolina State. For 2015-16 he and Matt Jockers convened the Institute in Digital Textual Studies at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. He is Editor of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (2008-) and the online seminar Humanist (1987-). His most recent award is the Roberto Busa Prize, Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (2013), for lifetime achievement in digital humanities. His current book project is an historical study of the relation between computing and the humanities. See www.mccarty.org.uk/.

2.50 Break

3.00 Session 2 (chaired by Prof Kate Pullinger)
Rik Lander: Writing for Chatbots

Artist and Senior Lecturer in Creative Media Design at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Rik Lander has over thirty years experience in creating multi-screen installations, interactive media and participatory drama. During the 1980s he was half of the Duvet Brothers creating scratch videos, which were characterised by found footage, Super-8 film and processed video. He made one of the UK’s first web dramas, magic-tree (2001). His participatory drama, The Memory Dealer (2010 - 2013) won a Royal Television Society Digital Innovation Award. His current work, Job Vacancy: Echoborg is a collaboration with the natural language processing company, Elzware Ltd. They have created a Chatbot as a central character in a live theatrical production. The outcome of the play depends on the conversations the audience have with the AI. http://riklander.co.uk/ 

3.50 Break

4.00 Plenary Discussion, chaired by Prof Andrew Hugill
Comments and questions invited from all participants

4.50 Close

For any questions about this event, please contact Professor Andrew Hugill at a.hugill at bathspa.ac.uk

Professor Andrew Hugill MA PhD FRSA PFHEA
Centre for Creative Computing
Bath Spa University
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        Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2017 19:06:43 +0000
        From: "Lucky, Shannon" <shannon.lucky at usask.ca>
        Subject: *CFP extended to Apr 12th - Access Library Technology Conference

Access 2017

CFP deadline extended to April 12th

Access is Canada’s premier annual library technology conference bringing librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers from all library sectors together to discuss cutting-edge library technologies. Whether this is your first Access conference or your 25th there will be plenty of opportunities to share ideas and learn from each other!

The 2017 Program Committee invites proposals for participation in the upcoming Access Conference, which will be held September 27-29th 2017 in downtown Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel overlooking the scenic South Saskatchewan River, hosted by the University of Saskatchewan Library.

Access 2017 is a single stream conference featuring exciting keynotes, presentations, lightning talks, a hackathon, and lots of time for networking and social events.

We are seeking proposals for:

  *   20 min presentations (15 min presentation, ~5 min questions)
     *   These could be demos, theory or practice, case studies, original research, etc.
     *   These submissions will be double blind peer-reviewed
  *   30 min panel sessions
  *   5 min lightning talks

Questions? Contact us at accesslibcon at gmail.com 

        Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2017 20:56:53 +0000
        From: Bethany Nowviskie <bnowviskie at clir.org>
        Subject: Fwd: Reminder: Endangered Data Week (April 17-21)

I write to remind the Humanist community that Endangered Data Week will be held from April 17th-21st this year—that is, in just two weeks! 


Please also note that this year's Day of DH will coincide with Endangered Data Week: 


We hope you’ll take the opportunity to host relevant events, and to blog and tweet about your work with data under threat using the hashtag #EndangeredData. 

More information below — and a warm welcome to Mozilla Science Lab, which joins DLF, DataRefuge, and CLIR in sponsoring the event:

Endangered Data Week is a new, annual, grassroots effort to:

	• raise awareness of threats to publicly available data of all kinds, across sectors and disciplines;
	• provide opportunities to explore the power dynamics of data creation, sharing, privacy, and retention;
	• build community capacity by teaching ways to make #EndangeredData more accessible and secure.
Browse for online events and opportunities near you: http://endangereddataweek.org/map/ 
Nothing nearby? Please help make this first EDW a success by planning a gathering and adding it to our list and map! 
We especially encourage events that promote care for endangered collections by: 
	• publicizing the availability of datasets to diverse communities; 
	• increasing critical engagement with data, including through visualization, analysis, and storytelling; 
	• encouraging activism and advocacy for open data policies; 
	• fostering needed skills through workshops on data curation, documentation and discovery, improved access, and preservation.
Endangered Data Week is facilitated by a dedicated team of volunteers, including Brandon Locke and Jason A. Heppler, supported by the Digital Library Federation and in partnership with a new DLF interest group on Records Transparency/Accountability, led by Rachel Mattson.  

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