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Workshop: Automated Writing

Info about event

Time

Tuesday 29 March 2022,  at 09:00 - 17:00

Location

Langelandsgade 139 (building: 1586-114) or online.

Automation plays an increasing role in text production. Its impact is felt in translation and news media, as well as in the rise of grammar assistants and text generators that more and more seem to appear creative. This workshop will bring together scholars from multiple disciplines to discuss how automated writing changes fields and how the phenomena can be studied. The program will be updated with more speakers.

The format is hybrid and participation is free of charge. 

Program:

9.00 Introduction: automated writing now
9.30 Mercedes Bunz, King’s College: Digital technologies, automation and the difficulties of critique
10.45 Coffee
11.00 Industry perspective: Leandro von Werra, Hugging Face
11.45 Group discussions – impact and interest for you
12.45 Lunch
13.30 Plenary feedback from groups
14.00 Allison Parrish: Creativity and programming
15.00 Coffee
15.15 Academic challenge: How do we study this? (Moderator: Andreas Roepstorff) 
16.00 Kristoffer Ørum: Fully Autmated Luxry Oyster Utopia and Other Stories from the Large Eye
16.15 Roundtable: What have we learned, where are we going?
17.00 Wine and snacks

Speakers:

Mercedes Bunz is Reader in Digital Society and Deputy Head of the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London. She is co-founder of the Creative AI lab (a collaboration with the Serpentine Gallery) and a member of the Interdisciplinary Network for the Critical Humanities, Terra Critica. In her research, Mercedes is concerned with the influence of digital technology on knowledge and power.

Leandro von Werra is a Machine Learning Engineer at the AI company, Hugging Face. The company works within the Natural Language Processing (NLP) domain, a technology that enables computers to read and interpret texts to a certain extent. A key objective for the company is to improve and democratize NLP. 

Allison Parrish is a poet, computer programmer and Assistant Arts Professor and Academic Director at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Interaction between language and computing is a key focus across her work on artificial intelligence and computational creativity.  

Andreas Roepstorff is Professor at and founder of the Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University. With a background in both biology and anthropology, Andreas’s work is fundamentally interdisciplinary – a key circumstance for the Interacting Minds Centre focused on the transdisciplinary study of human interaction, cognition, communication, and choice.  

Kristoffer Ørum is a visual artist based in Copenhagen, he holds dual degrees from Fine art degrees Goldsmith College and The Royal Academy of Fine art. He was a professor at the Funen Academy of Art 2012–2015 and worked as an artistic researcher at Uncertain Archives, Copenhagen University 2015–2018. His interdisciplinary practice revolves around the digital spheres and their impact on daily life. He has published, performed and exhibited widely internationally since 2005. 

Location: Langelandsgade 139 (1586-114) or online. Follow the registration link above for Zoom link + passcode. 

The seminar is organized by Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, Søren Pold, and Winnie Soon.