'Belief in A.I. brough together designers, engineers, theologists, artists, scientists and philosophers, complex and challenging questions surrounding the nature of artificial intelligence now and where it might take us in the future.
Like Global Grad Show, the exhibition to which it is connected, the conference insisted on more inclusive, international discussion of AI and provided insights into the nature of innovation, how it is interpreted in different cultures, and where it might take us in the future. Ben Vickers and Kenric McDowell were the curators the Belief in AI Conference.
Born in 1977 in Napa, California, Kenric McDowell currently lives in Topanga, California. Kenric has worked at the intersection of culture and technology for twenty years. He graduated from the International Center of Photography-Bard MFA program in 2007. He leads the Artist + Machine Intelligence program at Google Arts & Culture, where he facilitates collaboration between artificial intelligence researchers, artists, and cultural institutions. Kenric is a regular conference speaker and consultant to think tanks and arts organizations, helping groups connect artistic practice and technology production with larger traditions of human understanding.
The conference consisted of a series of keynotes, talks, panel discussions, presentations and performances from those working in the field to spearhead and shape the discussion and opportunity.