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Lindsey Felt: Art, AI, and Disability Futures | Stanford University

November 30, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

In this talk, Lindsey D. Felt will introduce a framework that locates disability innovation, artistry, and crip politics as central to the development of AI and technology. From M Eifler’s Prosthetic Memory to Paola Prestini’s Sensorium Ex, these examples of AI art highlight the erasures of disability from training data and refuse AI’s optimization against disability. Historically, technologies have been designed to diagnose, rehabilitate, normalize, and even cure disabilities. Though this approach has arguably improved the quality of life for many disabled people, it codes disability as an “undesirable” and “outlier” trait, operating on the false premise of a “norm” that is not reflective of the human condition’s heterogeneity. Researchers have demonstrated how machine learning tools are mirroring this trajectory, from autonomous vehicles that don’t recognize wheelchair users, to Natural Language Processing models that classify texts mentioning disability as more “toxic.” These biases are equally important to consider alongside racial and gender inequities for their wide-ranging social implications.

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Stanford University | Human Centered Artificial Intelligence