Neural Architecture Symposium Keynote
2022 Guido A. Binda Lecture: Lev Manovich
Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Study of Culture
During the last fifteen years, a growing number of researchers in many disciplines ranging from computer science and AI to urban studies, communication, and digital humanities have started to use big data methods for the study of culture. This work has generated many fascinating insights but also led to many questions. In my talk, I want to discuss what I see as some of the biggest challenges in looking at culture with computers, and think about the ways to address them. Why do we often approach cultural data using ideas developed in the 18th and 19th centuries, before digital computers and big data? Can we think about cultures without using categories? What does AI can see in cultural artifacts, and what it remains blind to? The presentation draws on my recent book "Cultural Analytics" published by The MIT Press in October 2020 (https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/cultural-analytics).
The keynote lecture will precede an exhibition opening of the “Neural Architecture Exhibition” at the Liberty Research Annex, 305 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor
This event is supported by the Guido A. Binda Exhibit and Lecture fund. For seven decades, Guido Binda, B.Arch.'31, practiced architecture in Western Michigan, specializing in school design. Guido, with his wife Elizabeth, created this fund to provide for an exhibit program and annual lecture by visiting professionals.
This lecture is eligible for 1.5 AIA LU (AIA Provider #60114128, Course #NASSK)