Special Events

Questioning History in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Special Events
11 Apr, 2024

Questioning History in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Sponsor(s): Department of Rhetoric, Department of Film & Media, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Berkeley Center for New Media, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, & Society, Stiftelsen Gustaf Sterns Fond, Stiftelsen Karl Staaffs fond

Questioning History in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Thursday, April 11 – Friday, April 12 at UC Berkeley

Keynote: Shane Denson, Stanford University
5-7pm on Thursday, April 11
in Dwinelle 142

Seminars Thursday, 4/11
in the Social Sciences Matrix

10am – 12pm
Aaron Mendon-Plasek, Yale University
“‘AI Winters’ as Moral Prejudice: How Machine Learning Origin Stories Constrained Political Policy, Scientific Imaging, & Legal Reason-Giving”
Ekaterina Babintseva, Purdue University
“The Mind and the Algorithm: Bringing the Unconscious to Soviet Artificial Intelligence”

2 – 4pm
Johan Fredrikzon, UC Berkeley
“The Past as Error: Archival Regimes in Cybernetics & AI”
David Bates, UC Berkeley
“Prediction is not Anticipation: Machine Learning & the Historicity of the Human”

Seminars Friday, 4/12
in the Social Sciences Matrix

10am - 12pm
Julia Irwin, UC Berkeley
“William James’s Neural Network, Fringe Consciousness, & Historical Time”
Christina Vagt, UC Santa Barbara
“Recursive History: The Economic Reason of AI”

1 – 2:30pm
Jacob Gaboury, UC Berkeley & Xiaochang Li, Stanford University Roundtable: “AI History as Media History”

3 – 5pm
Robin Manley Mihran, UC Berkeley “Genealogy & Form: Foucault’s Anti-Nietzschean Theses on History”
Jessica Riskin, Stanford University
“Turing Among the Machines”

Speaker: Shane Denson, Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies, Stanford University

Speaker: Ekaterina Babintseva, Assistant Professor, History, Purdue University

Facilitator: David Bates, Professor, UC Berkeley

Facilitator: Johan Fredrikzon, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

Speaker: Jacob Gaboury, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley

Facilitator: Julia Irwin, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley

Speaker: Xiaochang Li, Assistant Professor, Stanford University

Speaker: Robin Manley Mihran, Graduate Student, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

Speaker: Aaron Mendon-Plasek, Resident Fellow, Yale University

Speaker: Jessica Riskin, Professor, Stanford University

Admission Information:

Free and open to the public. No RSVP required. For access to the pre-circulated seminar papers, sign up here.

The Social Sciences Building is wheelchair accessible.

If you require an accommodation for effective communication or information about campus mobility access features to fully participate in this event, please contact Eve Letendre at rfa [​at​]

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