An ethnographic interview with an AI

via BoingBoing, this video of a presentation by Genevieve Bell from Intel at O'Reilly's AI Conference, on how to engage the concept of AI from an anthropological and ethnographic framework.

I don't think of AI as trying to invent an artificial human, but it's extremely important to think about the cultural, moral, racial, and gender biases that get baked into code through histories of projects.

the iceman

After thinking about Quest for Fire, I realize that another of the most formative movies for me was 1984's The Iceman. The body of a prehistoric man was found frozen in ice, but still alive. He's placed in a zoo-like containment room at an arctic research facility (filmed in Churchill Manitoba, no less) where he can be studied. Another fascinating movie, not because of special effects or high budget, but because of story. [Read More]

quest for fire

Inspired by Jim's description of one of his 10 formative movies, I realized that one of the movies that's had the most impact on me is Quest for Fire. The 1981 Canadian anthropological movie about 4 separate tribes of homo erectus, neanderthal and homo sapiens, and their interactions. I remember being absolutely fascinated by the movie, watching it dozens of times (it was one of the early movies offered on our fancy new SuperChannel Cable Movie Channel when I was a kid). [Read More]