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Apparatuses were invented to simulate specific thought processes… All apparatuses (not just computers) are calculating machines and in this sense ‘artificial intelligences’, the camera included.
— Vilém Flusser, Towards a Philosophy of Photography, 1983

We need machines that suffer from the burden of their memory.
— Jean-François Lyotard, The Inhuman, 1988

The research group on Artificial Intelligence and Media Philosophy (in German: Künstliche Intelligenz und Medienphilosophie, KIM) at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design is a space where students of art, philosophy and computer science meet and explore the impact of AI on society and culture.

Whereas AI is emerging as hegemonic paradigm for the automation of complex creative tasks (from self-driving cars to text translation, from music composition to market predictions), a critique and ethics of AI is still missing. Confronting the rapid rise of AI industries, humanities and art institutions should take the role of exploring the limits of such technologies and question their normalisation of collective intelligence and aesthetics.

The curriculum in critical machine intelligence at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (Prof. Matteo Pasquinelli) comprises both practical and theoretical courses (in English) for undergraduate and graduate students with a focus on art, theory and design of “thinking machines”. International students and visiting students from regional universities are welcome. PhD projects in media theory, art history, computer science, philosophy of mind and machines are also encouraged. Summer semester classes start 24 April 2018.

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