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SFU Vancouver Speaker Series

SFU engages the public in many ways, such as: seminars, courses, lectures, dialogues and panel discussions. One particular way to engage the community is through bringing in experts who can share their knowledge, invite questions and generate public dialogue on topical issues relevant to society. This idea was the catalyst for the launch of the SFU Vancouver Speaker Series in 2012, a joint initiative supported by SFU Vancouver, SFU Public Square, and SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Since then, thought leaders such as Gwynne Dyer, Naomi Klein, Shabina Azmi, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa, have brought hundreds of community members together to learn, listen, and contribute to knowledge dissemination and idea generation.

The Planetary Politics of AI: Past, Present, and Future

Date: Wednesday, March 6
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, 149 W. Hastings St.

Generative AI has dominated headlines in 2023 and influenced how millions of people write, create images, and search for information. But these new technologies rely on a dramatic increase in the extraction of data, human labor, and materials like energy, minerals, and water. The growth of media manipulation, polarizing discourse, and deep fakes is occurring in a year where half the world is facing a federal election, while regulators struggle over how to regulate new AI models.

Prof. Kate Crawford (author of Atlas of AI) will be joining us to address both the material and political impacts of AI, as well as her new research project and art installation Calculating Empires which historicizes the current technological moment into a 500 year span. In conversation with SFU's Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, they will discuss the planetary politics of AI, how we got here, and where it might be going.