What do you feel when thinking about the future of artificial intelligence technologies? Curiosity? Hope? Angst? With the current tempo of change, many may experience being lost and confused. Luckily, tomorrow has not happened yet, so we all have a way of influencing it. Join us for the workshop session to imagine how we can achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with AI technologies. 

In the ‘Preferable AI Futures’ workshop, we use the futures thinking methodology to imagine positive AI narratives for the days to come. In 2 hours online session, we take you on a healing journey across the spectrum of possible futures to narrow down to those that could bring a hopeful change. In these explorations, we use SDGs as moral guidelines that help us find ideas for AI products and services that could make these forecasts come true. The results of the workshop are prototypes, the hopeful artefacts of the positive change that we want to see in the world.

What do you feel when thinking about the future of artificial intelligence technologies? Curiosity? Hope? Angst? With the current tempo of change, many may experience being lost and confused. Luckily, tomorrow has not happened yet, so we all have a way of influencing it. Join us for the workshop session to imagine how we can achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with AI technologies. 

In the ‘Preferable AI Futures’ workshop, we use the futures thinking methodology to imagine positive AI narratives for the days to come. In 2 hours online session, we take you on a healing journey across the spectrum of possible futures to narrow down to those that could bring a hopeful change. In these explorations, we use SDGs as moral guidelines that help us find ideas for AI products and services that could make these forecasts come true. The results of the workshop are prototypes, the hopeful artefacts of the positive change that we want to see in the world.

This workshop aims to explore the anxieties and prejudices we have around this technology and, instead of imagining the easy-coming-to-mind dystopia, focus our gaze on preferable AI futures.

The workshop is facilitated by Erik Peters, Karolina Thakker, and myself, and part of an ongoing collaboration between AIxDesign and Speculative Futures Rotterdam.

The workshop was facilitated at a few occassions:

  • for AIxDesign in October 2020
  • for UROBOROS festival in May 2021
  • for Umanesimo Artificiale in May 2021
  • for PRIMER conference in June 2021

We shared a writeup about the workshop here. For updates on future editions of the workshop, please leave your email here.