Artificial intelligence is increasingly becoming ubiquitous in society. In this online seminar hosted by the Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London, Media studies scholars critically explore questions of new media ethics and literacy arising from the increasing use of immersive AI technologies in society.
Kaori Hayashi, the director of B’AI Global Forum and vice president of the University of Tokyo, discusses the ethical framework of AI.
“Media determine our situation,” an epigram by one of the most attractive media theorists: Fredrick Kittler, points out our very world under the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the mid-2010s, smartphones & SNS dramatically metamorphosed the media ecology surrounded us. Jargons such as fake news, misinformation, hate speech, echo-chamber effects confuse teachers and researchers who have been satisfied with mass media-centric media literacy theory. What is more, the COVID-19 pandemic tests it. We should hurry to renovate the next idea of media literacy. Although we cannot see the new theory’s whole figure, it must be a multi-layered one: from analog to digital, infrastructure to content, and sender to receiver.
For developing a multi-layered theory, we have two approaches: interdisciplinary academic collaboration and diverse social engagement. In this international seminar, we will discuss the latter. Weaving a rich social web for the next media literacy among social sectors such as universities, schools, media enterprises, ICT industries, community centers, and local government needs a cross-cultural understanding. Each social sector tends to focus on a different layer of media literacy. Cross-cultural awareness and networking develop a multifaceted knowledge of media literacy.
This seminar will examine social networks of media literacy in Belgium, Korea, and Japan. Each presentation will focus on a concrete local community. After presentations, we will discuss the possibilities and limitations for developing sustainable networks for new media literacy.
On March 2, 2019, we ran a series of workshops titled “Landscape Photos and Digital Platform” that were designed as “Type 1 (T1)” and “Type 2 (T2)” workshop models. The aims of T1 and T2 workshops are to “reflect on one’s media infrastructure usage” and “critically reflect on the existence of media infrastructure” respectively (see “Theoretical background” for details of the categorization.)
The titles of the three workshops (translated from Japanese) are as follows:
Workshop 1 (WS1): Let’s rank the sceneries – T1
Workshop 2 (WS2): Where were the photos taken? – T1
Workshop 3 (WS3): What it was like to “search” in those days? – T2