Dartmouth Events

"Utopia, Dystopia, or… Ustopia?..."- Dr. Ruha Benjamin

...Reckoning with the Future of Technology & Society". The Susan and James Wright Center Lecture Series on Computation and Just Communities

Wednesday, September 20, 2023
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Oopik Auditorium, Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Arts and Sciences, Conferences, Free Food, Lectures & Seminars, Workshops & Training

The Inaugural Susan and James Wright Center Lecture on Computation and Just Communities

The talk will be in-person at the Oopik Auditorium, Life Sciences Center, Dartmouth College from 3:30-4:30pm, with Q&A till 5:00pm, and a reception till 5:45pm. Books will be available for purchase thanks to the Norwich Book Store.

The event is also available online on Dartmouth Youtube.

Event Poster

From automated decision systems in healthcare, policing, education and more, technologies have the potential to deepen discrimination while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to harmful practices of a previous era. In this talk, Ruha Benjamin takes us into the world of biased bots, altruistic algorithms, and their many entanglements, and provides conceptual tools to decode tech predictions with historical and sociological insight. When it comes to AI, Ruha shifts our focus from the dystopian and utopian narratives we are sold, to a sober reckoning with the way these tools are already a part of our lives. Whereas dystopias are the stuff of nightmares, and utopias the stuff of dreams… ustopias are what we create together when we are wide awake.

Learn more about this event here: https://neukom.dartmouth.edu/




For more information, contact:
Christine Monigle

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.