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"Towards an Anthropology of AI in Islam" Public lecture by Bart Barendregt

Saturday 10 June 2023
V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media
Eendrachtsstraat 10

We proudly invite you to attend a public lecture by Prof. Bart Barendregt about his anthropological work concerning artificial intelligence and Islam. This public presentation is part of the program for the Media Technology exhibition "PATTERN", hosted by the V2 Lab for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam.

Attending requires no registration and is free of charge.

Bart Barendregt

Prof. Dr. Bart Barendregt is a professor of Digital Anthropology at the Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (CADS) and the UNESCO Chair of Digital Diversity. He is currently principal investigator of the NWO-VICI project "One Among Zeroes |0100| Towards an Anthropology of Everyday AI in Islam".

One Among Zeroes |0100|, Towards an Anthropology of AI in Islam

Digital technologies and religion have more in common than meets the eye, as they both produce futures in both professional and popular imagination. The ideal of an Islamic information society spearheading the latest technologies offers a model for an alternative to the dominant pathways of digital transition: Californian ‘big tech’, the Chinese social credit system, or European regulation.

The |0100| Team investigates the Islamic Information Society’s most controversial component – artificial intelligence – with multimodal and mixed methods, comparing and contrasting narratives and imagery of digital religious futures in the national settings of Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, each with a considerable yet differently positioned Muslim population. It situates ethical dilemmas surrounding algorithms, bots and deep learning by ethnographically and longitudinally observing and interviewing makers and users. Innovatively using a historical analysis of future-making discourse, we probe big and ‘thick data’ (‘in situ’ and through digital ethnography) and use infographics, animations and comics to both map and represent ‘scripted futures’. |0100| delivers salient ethnographic portraits as well as an overarching socio-anthropological analysis, of what digital everyday religion is like, how Southeast Asians use AI ‘in the wild’, and how digital technology contributes to exciting societal experiments and ethical dilemmas.  

Media Technology exhibition "PATTERN"

This public presentation is part of the program for the Media Technology exhibition "PATTERN".

Science-2-Experience Exhibition PATTERN
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