I am writing this message to bring to your attention an innovative project which we are doing with a grant of Italy's Ministry of Culture (MIBAC), which addresses many of our current concerns with the entrance of AI in our communities and society.
An open source, accessible, documented and usable AI infrastructure has been made available in Torpignattara, Rome's most multicultural neighbourhood, supported by an education program for children, adults, creatives, artists, technologists and humanists who are conceiving and designing all of the artworks, design interventions, educational projects, games, services, AI-enabled archives and more that can exist when an infrastructure of this kind becomes available in a territory.
In the project, artistic interventions play a crucial role: to expand people's immagination through suggestive and innovative AI and data driven art installations and performances (which have the benefit of showing practical, iconic ways in which AI can be used in the territory and with the community), and to work in the public sphere to engage inhabitants into a participatory discussion on the role of AI in our society.
Furthermore, this AI infrastructure comes with interesting features which are able to support the formation of meaningful relationships in multicultural environments, such as the possibility to work in 54 languages through the semantic databases which are available in the system, and the ways in which they have been connected to the AI.
Together with all the partners, we are documenting all the impacts that the presence of this new AI infrastructure is bringing to the neighbourhood, as well as the process in which we are bringing the themes which are more critical for AI (such as the ethical ones, rights and liberties, algorithmic control, privacy, interface biopolitics, biases and more) to the people (through workshops, education sessions, public conversations and the availability of tools, instruments and documentation) to understand the issues and to choose how to deal with them through public, informed, transparent and inclusive processes which are supported by the institutions.
We are understanding how to replicate the project in other cities and communities. For this we welcome questions and conversations, to form new partnerships for upcoming projects.
We are also very curious about what other colleagues like you have to say about the perspectives which open up in a scenario like this one: we ourselves have emerging questions which are compex to confront with, and would really benefit from constructive confrontation with you all.
Thank you very much, and feel free to get in touch
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