Background of the project "Generation A"
Big data, algorithms, deep learning, the combination of information and biotechnology: AI (Artificial Intelligence) is changing our world and our lives from the bottom up. While the economy is already exploiting the potential of this development, politics and civil society are lagging behind. Already at the beginning of digitization in the mid-1990s, efforts were made in Europe to create an open and critical network culture. This approach, which ties in with the ideals of the European Enlightenment and the notion of responsible citizens, should also play a decisive role in the debate on AI. How do you generate algorithms that do not reproduce or even reinforce prejudices? How can AI support an open, democratic society? The lives of the next generations will be significantly affected by these questions and discourses on justice and participation.
Goal of the project "Generation A"
The project Generation A = Algorithm, which the Goethe-Institut is realising in 2020/21 together with partners and experts, aims to sensitise generations Y and Z to the technical and ethical developments in the field of AI. After all, these two generations will set the course for the next generation, Generation A, and their everyday use of algorithms. The aim is to stimulate a social debate about existing approaches, potentials and risks of AI within the young generation. Furthermore, a network of European institutions and interest groups will be established. This network - a European A(i)lliance - will accompany and advise the project over a period of two years.
Target group of the project "Generation A"
The focus is on generations Y and Z (18 to 30 year olds), who will determine and be responsible for the developments for Generation A = Algorithm, including but not limited to activists, artists and programmers. A particular concern is to involve young adults from circles that will be particularly affected by the influence of the algorithms: less privileged population groups, people with difficult access to academic education, and people of colour. No prior knowledge of AI or algorithms is required for participation at the workshop.
Nushin Isabelle Yazdani is an interaction and transformation designer, artist and AI researcher. In her work, she examines the interconnectedness of digital technologies and social justice, artificial intelligence and discrimination - from an intersectional feminist perspective. She creates collaboratively with the communities that are directly impacted by the designed outcomes and seeks to explore design processes that dismantle oppressive structures.
At the Education Innovation Lab, Nushin works on transforming the education system and creating innovative learning methods. She is a Fellow at the Montreal AI Ethics Institute, a Member of the Design Justice Network and a Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Apart from teaching Nushin also curates and organizes community events at the intersection of technology, art and design.
Jasmin Grimm is a cultural entrepreneur, lecturer and programme developer for international cultural projects. With a background in “Communication in Social and Economic contexts” (M.A., University of the Arts Berlin) she develops exhibitions, festivals and conferences for cultural organisations at the intersection of art, society and technology. She understands her curatorial practice as prototypes of society that help to imagine new futures, driven by social and ethical issues. She is a member of Robert Bosch Cultural Manager Network, Tandem Shaml – Cultural Manager Exchange Alumni and the Cultural Innovators Network between Europe and the MENA region.
Amongst others she has been acting as a head of program for Bitkom, NRW-Forum, Retune Festival, TINCON teenage internetwork convention, Public Art Lab, die digitale düsseldorf. Recently she co-founded Rosy DX - a studio for digital transformation.Jasmin Grimm