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AI Narratives

From Hephaestus’s golden servants to Karel Čapek’s Roboti, we have been imagining intelligent machines since long before we could build them. As artificial intelligence and robotics begin to fulfil their promise, they therefore arrive pre-loaded with meaning, sparking associations -- and media attention -- disproportionate to their capacities.


This matters: how we talk about new technologies and their risks and benefits can significantly influence their development, regulation and place in public opinion. Balancing AI’s potential and its pitfalls therefore requires navigating this web of associations.
CFI and the Royal Society have therefore launched the AI Narratives Project to explore how AI is currently portrayed, what impact that might be having, and what we can learn from how other complex, novel technologies have been communicated. It will include a series of interdisciplinary workshops, culminating in a report and recommendations.

23-24th May 2019, Columbia University
Towards a History of Artificial Intelligence
*I’ve put together this text from the event programme that we could post as a separate page on the CFI site. It links to all the YouTube videos 😎

29th November 2018, University of Cambridge
The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Views from History

30th November 2018, University of Cambridge
Origin Myths of Artificial Intelligence: Histories of Technology and Power

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