WHEN MACHINES DREAM THE FUTURE: Festival on living with artificial intelligence

When Machines Dream the Future © schech.net What happens when the function logic of algorithmically controlled technology encounters the inherent logic of culture and society? The three-day hybrid festival WHEN MACHINES DREAM THE FUTURE takes a look at this question from 12th – 14th November 2021.

Artificial intelligence has now become a fundamental component of our daily digital life, and it’s impossible to imagine public debate without this controversial and polarising topic. Yet many people don’t even know what’s actually behind these supposedly “intelligent” machines: who designed them and for what purpose, how can they be controlled, when do they make mistakes or fail in action?

The festival discusses theories and fictions as well as offering practical exercises and applications for a realistic perspective on the AI myth. Over three days, international key figures from backgrounds in AI research, science, philosophy, music, culture, literature and civil society come together in a variety of formats. They address a central question about the principles and effects of the phenomenon we now call “artificial intelligence”. The focus here is on three main aspects: firstly theories enabling a realistic understanding of AI logic and how it is rooted in society, secondly its handling concept – how it intersects with technology today and tomorrow in artists’ imagination as well as in a fiction setting, and finally work with artificial intelligence on the basis of practical training units.

To mark both the opening of the special exhibition MACHINE LEARNING HUMAN DREAMS at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden and the conclusion of the Goethe-Institut’s project Generation A=Algorithm, both institutions are jointly organising a hybrid festival entitled “WHEN MACHINES DREAM THE FUTURE: Festival on Living with Artificial Intelligence”. Over a two-year period the project has been investigating how the use of artificial intelligence will change our society – and what effect this will have on “Generation A”, which is still in its infancy? Possible answers to this are offered by artists, coders, scientists, activists and young people from all over Europe in a diverse range of programme formats: in hackathons, discussion panels, residency programmes and online surveys.

27 project participants from 15 European countries are coming together under the title “Reclaim our future” – people who until now have only been able to meet on screen because of the pandemic. They are presenting the future-oriented “Envisions Paper” in Dresden, which focuses on future life with AI.

Dr. Jeannette Neustadt
Head of project Generation A=Algorithm
Phone: +49 89 15921-812
E-mail: jeannette.neustadt@goethe.de

Richard Groß, Jeannette Neustadt, Hendrik Nolde

Jo Beckett